Albemarle County Police Department Press Release
The 2014 national Click It or Ticket campaign kicks off on May 19th and will last through June 2nd. This campaign focuses on keeping the roads safe and saving lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.
In conjunction with the national campaign, the Albemarle County Police Department will be stepping up our traffic enforcement efforts. For this two week period, multiple officers will be focusing primarily on traffic safety with an emphasis focus on speed, seat belt use, drinking and driving and other traffic safety violations.
Speed, alcohol and distractions are the main causes of motor vehicle crashes. Seat belt use is often a contributing factor in fatal crashes. According to Virginia State Police, in 2012, traffic deaths on Virginia highways were more than double the total number of homicides reported statewide that same year. In 2013, the Albemarle County Police Department worked 11 fatal crashes. So far this year, there have been four fatal crashes in Albemarle County.
In addition to our enforcement efforts, the ACPD will also be focusing on education. The Traffic Unit will be visiting County high schools during dismissal time to check and encourage seat belt use. Students who are leaving the school properly buckled will receive a free t-shirt which says, “Albemarle County Police Caught Me…. Wearing My Seat Belt”.
Our goal is to reduce crashes and fatalities through education and enforcement. Please help us keep the roads safe in Albemarle County. Drive smart, safe and sober. Don’t forget to buckle up!