Click It Or Ticket Campaign on Route 29 - - ABC13

Click It Or Ticket Campaign on Route 29


Reporter: Sally Delta

Amherst Co., VA - Summertime is right around the corner, and that means travel time for a lot of people. With many planning their summer vacation, local law enforcement are getting serious about highway safety and seatbelts. Friday, officers set up their annual "click it or ticket" checkpoint.

Officers lined up to make sure you are being safe on the road. But some drivers say they shouldn't have to wear a seatbelt. Officers have heard all the excuses. Plenty of people have one.

"I don't want to. It's uncomfortable. I'm not going to get in an accident. I'm a safe driver," said Dave Carl, whose life was saved by a seatbelt.

You may have thought some of the excuses yourself.

"Shoot, here comes a cop. Quick, put your seatbelt on," said Ryan Carl.

But these guys are living proof that seatbelts can save lives.

"We went off a 40-foot ravine and rolled the car multiple times and landed upside down," said Dave.

Dave Carl says thankfully, he had his seatbelt on, but added that "all of my friends in the back did not, and they all flew forward and some of them did get injured."

Dave's friend, Webb Sledge, was in a head-on collision going 50 mph.  He says the seatbelt saved his life too.

"I'm sure I would have slammed into the windshield," said Sledge.

Unfortunately, not everyone lives when they're strapped in, but officers say statistically you have an 80% greater chance of surviving a crash if you have your seatbelt on.

"Vehicles today are designed to keep you in that seat and are built to crumple around you. The seatbelt will keep you there and the car will bend around you to give you safer protection," said Ronnie Sitler, with Traffic Safety in the Lynchburg Police Department.

Officers say this is a chance to remind people to buckle up and, hopefully, save some lives.

"You may be a perfect driver and do nothing wrong but you can't vouch for what everyone else does," said Sitler.

Officers says they wrote between 15 and 20 tickets Friday, mostly for inspection and registration violations. No safety belt violations were written and officers say they hope the trend continues.

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