Buckle Up

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

"The police have too much power as it is," said Ed Yancey of Staunton. "Pulling someone over just for a seat belt, I don't think it should pass."

Yancey is not alone.

Some drivers in the valley say they have their own reasons for not wearing seat belts, and they don't think it should cost them a ticket.

"I don't think they should just pull over someone because they are not wearing a seat belt," said Shauna Rogers of Churchville. "Someone might have health problems or if you are short like me, it hurts your neck."

Now remember, it's already illegal to not wear a seat belt. But police say many drivers don't seem to get the message.

"Well, I think it's a good law," said Officer M.G. Benson of the Staunton Police Department. "I think it will do a lot of good because in my travels I see many people not wearing their seat belts. In the course of a day, I might see as many as 20 to 30 people riding down the road without their seat belts on."

And that can be deadly.

For example, in three deadly Augusta County accidents last year, victims were not wearing seat belts. Police say they just want to help keep you alive.

"There are going to be some accidents that are so serious that a seat belt would not help, " said Officer Benson. "There are many accidents that are so serious if people were wearing seat belts it would do them a lot of good."

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