ARLINGTON, Va. – The Thanksgiving celebration is traditionally one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. As the holiday approaches, the Arlington County Police Department is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on a high visibility Click It or Ticket campaign. Law enforcement agencies across the country will increase enforcement efforts from November 16 – 29, 2020, to work towards reducing the number of fatalities that occur when drivers and passengers fail to buckle up. Everyone wants you to arrive at your destination safely, so it’s critical to practice safe driving habits, like buckling your seat belt, on each and every ride.
According to NHTSA, there were 9,778 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States in 2018. Nighttime proved even more deadly, with 56% of those crashes occurring between 6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m. Wearing a seat belt is one of the most effective things anyone can do to prevent injury or death in a vehicle crash. The Click It or Ticket campaign combines powerful messages about seat belt safety with increased patrolling for unbuckled motorists.
Virginia law requires everyone under age 18 to be properly secured in a safety belt or child safety seat no matter where they are sitting in the vehicle, and the driver is responsible for making sure this happens. In addition, Virginia law requires everyone in the front seat of vehicles to be properly restrained, regardless of age, and those 18 and older can be ticketed.