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June 7, 2013
Prince William County Police Issue 1,522 Tickets During May "Click It or Ticket" Campaign

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Police issued 1,522 traffic summonses during this year’s “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt enforcement campaign, which ran May 20th to June 2nd. The largest numbers of tickets in any given category were issued for speeding, followed by reckless driving and seatbelt violations.

Seat belts are mandatory in Virginia for all persons riding in the front seat. Virginia car seat laws also state that:

  • All children under the age of eight must ride in a secured safety seat that’s federally approved.
  • Children between eight and 18 must use a safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt no matter where in the vehicle the child is riding.
  • It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure all children age 18 and under are properly secured.

Virginia law allows police to cite anyone driving a car in which an occupant under age 18 is not wearing a safety belt, or is not properly secured in a child safety seat. It also provides that drivers stopped for other violations can be cited if they are not properly restrained.

“Click It or Ticket” is one of several programs under the Smart, Safe and Sober partnership. Smart, Safe and Sober is a statewide program dedicated to preventing death and injury on Virginia roadways. It is a joint partnership of the Prince William County Police, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Virginia Department of State Police, the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, DRIVE SMART Virginia, and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Always remember to buckle up for safety!