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This week, Virginia joins 47 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in an enforcement effort program called "Click It or Ticket." The program, running through Sunday, June 5, is designed to increase safety belt and child safety seat use throughout the country.

Preliminary data from 2004 shows that 923 lives were lost and 57,381 injuries were recorded as a result of 109,426 crashes in Virginia alone. Out of the 923 lives lost, 425 of the people who died were not wearing safety belts.

As result of the Click It or Ticket program, last year Virginia recorded the highest safety belt use rate in its history, 79.93%. This year's goal is 82%.

During the two-and-a-half weeks of the program, "Buckle Up for Safety" messages will be played on radio, television and on the Virginia Department of Transportation overhead message signs to remind travelers to buckle up.

This article was posted on: May 23, 2005

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