Monday, May 24, 2010

National Seatbelt Effort

From May 24th until June 6th, several police agencies across the nation will be stepping up enforcement of seatbelt usage. The Virginia effort, called "Buckle Up Now Virginia", will mainly focus on children who should be buckled up in a child booster or safety seat.

"You can buckle up a child in a seat belt, booster seat or child safety seat in two seconds," explains Accomack County Sheriff's Deputy Eric Nottingham. "But in an entire lifetime you couldn't get over the grief of a child in your care not buckled up and dying in a traffic crash."

Accomack County Sheriff Larry Giddens says officers will be on the look out for seatbelt usage and that checkpoints will be set up to enhance the awareness.

The mobilization, expected to involve more than 10,000 police agencies, is supported by $8 million in national advertising funded through Congress and coordinated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

NHTSA statistics also show that those least likely to buckle-up are teens, young adults, males, nighttime riders, motorists traveling on rural roads and individuals traveling in pick-up trucks.

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