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Safety Restraint Campaign

click-it-or-ticket-va-logo.pngIn 2013, the Suffolk Police Department participated in the Click it or Ticket Campaign from May 20 through June 2nd. During this period, the Department dedicated over 450 hours to this initiative. The results are as follows:

2013 Click It or Ticket Campaign Arrests/Summonses
DUIDUID arrests 8
Safety belt violations 51
Child Restraint violations 10
Speeding violations 171
Reckless Driving 24
Suspended/Revoked violations 29
Other violations 26
Total Summonses/Arrests 319
Pre-Enforcement Seatbelt Survey - Belt Usage NA
Post-Enforcement Seatbelt Survey - Belt Usage NA

In an effort to reduce fatalities in 2011, the Suffolk Police Department conducted enhanced seat belt enforcement resulting in three times as many summonses for seat belt and child safety restraint violations. Seatbelt usage is one of the primary ways to reduce fatalities and serious injuries in motor vehicle crashes.

  2009 2010 2011
Seatbelt Violations 207 215 885
Child Safety Restraints 124 140 250
Total 331 355 1135

Virginia Laws on Seatbelt Usage and Child Restraints

Seatbelt and Child Restraints

According to Virginia State Code 46.2-1094:

You MUST wear your seat belt if you are the driver of a vehicle or at least 18 years old and sitting in the front passenger seat of a vehicle. The driver and passenger are subject to a traffic summons.

Penalty: $25 civil penalty/no court cost.

Child Car Seats and Safety Belt Usage for all Persons under the Age of 17

According to Virginia State Code 46.2-1095

All passengers up to the age of eight must be in an approved car seat or booster seat. Everyone from the age of 9-17 must wear their seatbelt whether in the front seat or not. The driver will be issued a ticket for each passenger in violation of this state code.

Penalty: $50 civil penalty/ no court cost.

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