Click It or Ticket Enforcement Begins in Berryville

You have been warned! If you drive through Berryville, you have seen the temporary signs along sidewalks and medians heralding “Click It or Ticket.” Every year during the annual Memorial Day Weekend holiday period, law enforcement agencies join forces day and night, from coast-to-coast, for an enforcement blitz that stresses the importance of buckling up.

Chief Neal White said Berryville Police will participate in this nationwide enforcement from May 21 through June 3 and stressed the importance of seat belts. “Wearing a seat belt is one thing that all motorists can do to improve their safety and reduce the likelyhood that they will be injured if they are involved in a crash.  During the next two weeks members of the department will be actively looking for seat belt violations and conducting safety checkpoints to reinforce the vital importance of buckling up.”

Seat belts are the most effective safety feature ever invented and have helped save thousands of lives. Their use has shown an increasing trend since 1994, accompanied by a steady decline in the percentage of unrestrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities during that time period.

Sadly, one in five Americans still fails to regularly wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.

Night-time drivers have been the most egregious statistical segment of violators. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2010 nationally, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash, compared to 42 percent during the daytime hours.

Younger motorists and men are particularly at risk.  NHTSA data shows that among teen and young adult passenger vehicle occupants in 2010, ages 18-34, who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, 62 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash – the highest percentage of any age group.  The number jumps to 66 percent when just men in this age group are included.

This year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 21 through June 3. Chief White added, “We’re hoping to make all motorists aware of the importance of wearing seat belts during all times they are traveling in a vehicle.”

Comments

  1. Another View says:

    In Virginia, a police officer cannot issue a ticket for not wearing a seat belt UNLESS he stops the vehicle for another violation. Not wearing a seat belt is a secondary offense in Virginia, so “Click it or Ticket” is a tad misleading.

    • Right Winger says:

      Yeah, but why take the chance?

      • Another View says:

        There’s no “chance” involved. The law makes it a secondary offense; the law does not make it a primary offense if the officer decides otherwise.

    • Glen Poe says:

      Frankly I think its another example of government overreach and in Berryville where the speed limit is 25 its a joke. The signs are really attractive too. Its selective enforcement at best and a waste of time. However Its nice to know that our police dept doesn’t have anything better to do. The crime business is obviously down. Educating people on the benefits and sense of wearing a seatbelt is a worthwhile effort but forcing it as a fine-able offense is just wrong.

      I also think sending Mr White to measure the height of grass is below his qualifications and position as Chief. Whats next a permit to mow the lawn?

      • life is good says:

        This is a nationwide effort, not just Berryville.

        Not only is the “government overreach” trying to save lives, since seatbelt use became mandatory, perhaps “government overreach” is trying to save rescue squad resources….you know, from having to scrape bodies off the road who went thru the windshield because they didn’t like the “government overreach”, when they could be putting out fires or doing something to actually save lives.

        • Another View says:

          And it is a waste of government resources, and more evidence of the “nanny state”! Adults should be free to decide on wearing a seat belt!

          • life is good says:

            yada yada yada yada yada yada. The law has been around for many years.

            Nanny state, gotta love it. Same stuff, different day.

          • Another View says:

            Some people treasure freedom, some do not.

    • Kenny Gall says:

      If you are stopped in a drivers license check point and fail to have your seat belt on you will receive a summons..

      Also keep in mind with the current Virginia traffic laws most cars have primary violations, the police just use a lot of discretion with most of the laws.

  2. Clarke Life says:

    The grass on Route 7 at crossovers is especially dangerous!!!!!! What does it take to get the State to mow???? I guess as always they will wait until August to contract it out……

  3. The police are wonderful folks. But, I also know they can fabricate a reason for a traffic stop and if you just happen to not be wearing a seatbelt. Sorry, pay the man. All the sudden you become guilty until proven innocent. Who’s word holds up in court, if you have no witness?

    • Kenny Gall says:

      Most all Clarke County cruisers are outfitted with video to protect the officers from false accusations and to protect the public from unreasonable police actions… The officers also have audio on their persons for courtroom playback of what was said at the vehicle.

      • Several years back an officer coming towards me on a two lane highway turned around after passing. Did not follow me for a distance, pulled me over ask the usual questions.
        When I ask why I was stopped. His response was you weaved in your lane. I am 100% sure I was not weaving in my lane. Needless to say I was not wearing a seatbelt and had to pay the man.

  4. StoneBroke says:

    I think the Easter Sign looked better than these signs!

    • I wonder…. Did the Police department go through proper channels to be able to display these signs all over town? Just asking….

  5. Everyone has the right to become a flying projectile

    • Another View says:

      It is not about the right to become a “flying projectile”; rather, it is the right to be let alone. Driving in your car without wearing a seatbelt is not inherently dangerous. But even assuming arguendo that it was, it is only inherently dangerous to you. The government’s job is not to protect you from yourself.

      What next? A tax on soft drinks and snack foods to combat obesity? Oh, wait . . . never mind.

  6. lightbulb says:

    While we’re on the safety theme, how about slow the f down or ticket. I walk Buckmarsh(340) on a regular basis and would estimate 50-75% of the traffic entering town within the 25mph post are travelling at 40mph or higher. Come on!!!

  7. Bville Resident says:

    Exactly, lightbulb. I would LOVE to see more tickets for speeders on Buckmarsh. We walk to town regularly down Buckmarsh and the trucks and cars completely ignore the speed limit and rarely do I see a radar cop in town.

    I have seen Berryville Police set up on both ends of Rt 7 Business, so people now know to slow down. Why can’t they do it on 340?

  8. Stonebroke says:

    I see the town police posted on all ends of the town running radar!…..