Car Crash Reminds Drivers Importance of Wearing Seatbelts

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- An 18-year-old was in critical condition at the University of Virginia, following a two vehicle crash on Sunday.

The crash occurred after 11:30 a.m. on South Main street and Kaylor Park Drive.

Harrisonburg Police Corporal Chris Terrell said a woman driving southbound on South Main Street struck Golden's vehicle near the driver side.

"Usually when accidents happen in that area, which is not that often, they are pretty severe because of the speed in that stretch in that area," said Terrell.

The woman was wearing a seat belt and she went to Rockingham Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. Terrell said it is a possibility Golden was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

"[ A seat belt] keeps you from being ejected from the vehicle mainly. It can also save you from severe, serious injuries," said Terrell.

Harrisonburg Police will be enforcing use of seat belts from May 20 to June 2, as part of the "Click it or Ticket" campaign.

Those without a seat belt will be required to pay a fine. Driver Howard Curry said it is important to educate the public.

"I hate to see it come to a fine but sometimes that's what it takes to get the point over," said Curry.

With the campaign, police want to reduce injuries and save lives. Half of the vehicle deaths in Virginia involve people wearing seat belts, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

"Not can only save a life, but it can save a life of the passenger in the car, if they're wearing seat belts. Also child seats are supposed to be used and be used properly," said Terrell.

Curry said he tries to keep in mind the importance of wearing a seat belt before he hits the road.

"Occasionally I do forget to buckle up but I try to be conscious of it, especially after I get on the highway," said Curry.

In Harrisonburg, drivers involved in crashes usually wear seat belts, according to Terrell. However, he said it is important this effort may help catch those not wearing it.

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