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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.

--Theola Labbé-DeBose

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  May 27, 2009; 10:29 AM ET
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Yet another reason to stay out of D. C. If people want to risk their lives by not buckling up, what business is it of anyone else?

Posted by: Now_What_Now | May 27, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

"...according to statistics, half of highway fatalities occur in the evening and overnight, from 6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m."

And the other half occur between 6:00 a.m. and 5:59 p.m.? How utterly deductive.

Posted by: LastCommaFirst | May 27, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Now_What_Now, it's fine if people want to risk their lives and assert their freedom to choose.

However, once your lifeless body is jettisoned from your vehicle, the rest of us have to spend time, and money, cleaning up the mess you've made. We figure it's best to avoid the hassle and force everyone to buckle up.

Posted by: IHeartDC | May 27, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"Click It Or Ticket" is the name for this effort in Maryland. But ... MPD has way more serious problems to look at than traffic and seat belts. How typical of the experienced yet ever-shifting/changing/demoted/transferred leadership to concentrate on seat belts rather than SERIOUS problems.

Last Comma First, that's funny. That is utterly funny to me because it's truly deductive reasoning. Yet another disappointing thing about MPD's leadership -- to always emphasize the OBVIOUS.

Posted by: southyrndiva | May 28, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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