Police Don't Understand Reluctance to Buckling Up

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Simple steps can mean life or death for drivers.

Over the weekend, 11 people were killed in traffic crashes; eight of those people were not wearing seat belts.

It's something that only takes five seconds, which is why many troopers find it troubling that it seems to be too much time for some drivers for that extra step that could save your life.

In Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, troopers cited 15 people for not wearing their seat belts.

1st Sgt. Frank Pyanoe with the Virginia State Police said the first step to educating people is trying to start early, when they're kids.

"That is instilled in our youth as soon as they start traveling in their child safety restraints, then that'll become a habit and they'll naturally transition into the seat belts," said Pyanoe.

According to the CDC, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for those ages 5 to 34.

Locally, VSP gave out 183 speeding tickets and some of those had seat belt violations with them.

A fine for a seat belt ticket is $50.

The CDC said people living in rural areas are 10 percent less likely to wear a seat belt than those living in urban regions.

Also men are 10 percent less likely to buckle up than women.

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