Opinion

Prepare for Click It or Ticket

An editorial from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph 

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Buckle up. It’s a simple message that is repeated throughout the year by area law enforcement and safety officials. Still many across our region refuse to wear a seatbelt while driving. But seatbelts save lives. This is a proven fact. And wearing a seatbelt is not only a good idea, it’s the law in both West Virginia and Virginia.

With the joyous holiday season almost here, state officials are once again taking extra steps to remind area residents of the need to buckle up. And they are planning to conduct a number of seatbelt check points as part of a campaign being launched by the Public Service Commission of West Virginia and the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

Through this joint effort, officers will be able to pull over even more private and commercial vehicles, according to a press release issued by the Public Service Commission.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seatbelts saved 12,174 lives in 2012; yet so far this year, more than 10,000 drivers in West Virginia have been cited for seatbelt violations, according to the PSC. That’s a troubling statistic…

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