DC Cops Say Buckle up, Or Pay Up
Summer conjures up fond memories of barbecues, dining al fresco with friends, enhanced seat belt enforcement by police. Hey, wait a minute...
It's not the kind of summertime event people think of most readily, but police and transportation officials want to make sure that residents and visitors alike don't forget about road safety. On Thursday afternoon, at the corner of Rhode Island and Eastern Avenues NE, a team of police officers will conduct a traffic safety checkpoint from 4 to 6 p.m., reminding folks to buckle up, or pay a fine. Or in the police department's catchphrase, "Click It or Ticket."
D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein have been invited. Officials are doing the event in the afternoon because according to statistics, half of highway fatalities occur in the evening and overnight, from 6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. Furthermore, two-thirds of night-time vehicle fatalities were not wearing seat belts at the time of the fatal crash, officials said.
If you need a refresher on the safety rules of the road, along with the fines and penalties, check out DC Road Rules.
May 27, 2009; 10:29 AM ET
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