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Remember To Buckle Up

Law enforcement agencies across West Virginia will be ramping up efforts to enforce seat belt laws as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s annual Click It or Ticket campaign, which officially begins May 25. It’s an attempt to remind drivers there are legal and financial consequences for not wearing a seat belt.

But forget about those for a minute. Let’s focus on what’s really important. According to the NHTSA, in 2020 10,893 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes in the U.S. The age group with one of the highest percentages of deaths is 18-34. Among the young adults killed, 60% were completely unrestrained.

Properly buckling your seat belt every time you get in a vehicle could save your life (in addition to saving you the cost and hassle of a ticket). And doing so models good behavior for your kids, who are much more likely to buckle up themselves when they are older, if they have watched a parent or guardian regularly do so. It’s important to make sure those kids are in the right seats until they are big enough, and then properly buckled in the right kind of seat belt as they grow, too.

Don’t blow off Click It or Ticket as just another law enforcement push. This one is an important opportunity to reinforce good habits that could someday save your life.

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