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ODU Police Announces Campaign Aimed at Stricter Enforcement of Seat Belt Law

Sgt. Marc Huckless of the Old Dominion University Police Department said it isn't hard for him to spot seat belt infractions around the campus.

"Every day when I am patrolling the campus I see hundreds of students not wearing their seat belts," Huckless said. "We want to send a positive message to students and staff to wear their seat belts and slow down on campus."

The ODU PD has received a $12,900 Highway Safety Grant from Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles, which will allow police officers to deploy two radar units around the campus and enforce the speed limit. The officers will also be given the opportunity to work overtime patrolling the streets on and around campus to enforce traffic laws.

The blitz, which starts Monday, May 24 and runs through Sunday, June 6, will be accompanied by the ODU PD's Click It or Ticket campaign. The program will use educational radio messages recorded personally by local police officers, along with stepped-up enforcement, to send a strong message that seat belts save lives.

Huckless said that when motorists are pulled over for moving infractions during the months of May and June, there will be zero tolerance if they are found not to be wearing their seat belt. If a motorists are pulled over by ODU PD for speeding or any other violation, and they aren't wearing their seat belt, they will receive a ticket for that infraction and the speeding or other violation.

"We want to encourage all students and staff to slow down around campus and, most important of all, to wear their seat belts. It could save your life!" Huckless said.

The Click It or Ticket campaign is currently used in 18 states besides Virginia, along with the District of Columbia. It's estimated that the campaigns have helped increase seat belt usage by as much as 10 percent.

Virginia's statewide safety belt compliance rate is currently 82.27 percent. The goal of the May 2010 Click It or Ticket campaign is to raise the rate to at least 83.7 percent.

For more information about Click It or Ticket, go to http://www.smartsafeandsober.org/programs/CIOT/.

This article was posted on: May 22, 2010

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