Monday, May 19, 2008

Routes 7 and 11 Focus of "Click It or Ticket" Campaign

Jurisdictions from Northern Virginia through the Shenandoah Valley will be out in force along the Route 7 and 11 corridors blanketing these routes from May 19 through May 25, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Both Routes 7 and 11 will see an intensive blitz with a special lookout for those not buckled up on Friday, May23 as part of the 2008 Click It or Ticket Mobilization.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office has joined the Route 7/11 Task Force to enforce traffic laws in advance of the heavily traveled Memorial Day weekend. The Route 7/11 Blitz will focus particular attention on seat belt use, 24 hours a day.

The Virginia Highway Safety Office reports in preliminary 2007 data that there were 447 unbelted people killed. Of those, 251 unbelted fatalities occurred between the hours of 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM. The total number of fatalities in Virginia was 1,026; one of the highest rates in a decade.

"Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Click It or Ticket is Law Enforcement's way of telling you we care about you and want you to arrive at your destination safely," said Loudoun County Sheriff Steve Simpson.

Virginia and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office are participants in the national Click It or Ticket Mobilization each May. Click It or Ticket is focused on increasing seat belt and child safety seat use, which in turn reduces serious injuries and fatalities.

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