HPD

The campaign is focused on reducing fatalities that occur when drivers and passengers are unbuckled in the vehicle.

The Harrisonburg Police Department teamed up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to integrate a “Click It or Ticket” campaign from Nov. 25 to Dec. 6.

According to a news release, Thanksgiving weekend in 2017 resulted in 365 deaths in vehicle crashes nationwide. 57% of those incidents occurred at night. 

The campaign is focused on reducing fatalities that occur when drivers and passengers are unbuckled in the vehicle by using intentional messages about seat belt safety with increased patrolling to watch for unbuckled motorists. 

In Virginia, it’s against the law for anyone under 18 years old to be unbuckled in a moving vehicle. 

“Our law enforcement personnel see the effects of unbuckled driving every day, and it’s a tragic,

preventable loss of life and cause of injury,” Cpl. Wayne Westfall with HPD said in a news release. 

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