Click It or Ticket Campaign More Important After Numerous DUI Arrests

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

Sergeant Brian Edwards has been working with the Waynesboro Police Department for 20 years.

In all that time, he says it never gets easier seeing the brutal injuries of people who aren't wearing a seat belt.

"A child can be thrown about a compartment, a driver or front seat passenger, their heads can hit the windshield even at very slow speeds," said Edwards.

Still, he says many people don't buckle up.

"People say that they're safe drivers and they may feel that they don't need to put on a seat belt, they may not need to restrain their children. Those folks shouldn't worry about their own driving, they should worry about the driving of others."

Waynesboro Police just arrested half a dozen drunk drivers in just 24 hours. One of them got caught driving under the influence for the sixth time!

"It's disturbing more than shocking," said Edwards.

He says you chances of surviving a crash are 800 times greater if you buckle up.

"If they're ejected, or the momentum forces them through a windshield, there's a very good chance that they're going to die or suffer some serious injuries," said Edwards.

Serious injuries that for the most part can be prevented from a single click.

It's something officers will be watching for during the next two weeks, especially over Memorial Day weekend.

Plus, Edwards says it can take about five hours to make a DUI arrest, from the time the driver is pulled over to the time the driver is taken to jail.

He says it can waste resources, so make sure you drive carefully.


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