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Drivers get bucks for buckling up

When Prince George's County Police officer Katina Bethea flagged down the car entering the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration lot in Largo on Tuesday, the driver wondered whether she'd done something wrong.

Instead, Bethea told her that she was going to be rewarded for doing something right -- wearing her seat belt.

And Bethea handed the driver a dollar for obeying the law.

"Are you serious?" the driver said, flashing a smile. "Oh, my God."


Officers and driver-safety advocates handed out hundreds of dollars Tuesday to motorists who had all of the occupants of their vehicles wearing seat belts. Anyone who didn't have a seat belt on was given a verbal warning and literature about seat belt laws.

"I was shocked," said Stella Paige, a faithful seat belt wearer who received her dollar bill. "But it's fantastic that they are doing this."

The Buckle Up for a Buck program, which is in its third year, is run by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, the Maryland State Highway Administration's Highway Safety Office and the Prince George's County Police Department.

Prince George's leads the state in motor vehicle deaths, according to the Highway Safety Office.

Prince George's Federal Credit Union donated the money for the program.

-- Ovetta Wiggins

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 11, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
Categories:  Driving , Safety  
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Comments

I'm sure it was pure and innocent. And if the cops saw anything suspicious they would turn a blind eye too. Welcome to the police state.

Where if you have nothing to hide, you must hide nothing and expose all.

Posted by: yetanotherpassword | May 11, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Is there anythig good that PG county leads in. Crime, worst drivers and the dumbest residents in MD. What a dump.

Posted by: DCFanatic | May 11, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Is there anythig good that PG county leads in. Crime, worst drivers and the dumbest residents in MD. What a dump.

Posted by: DCFanatic | May 11, 2010 4:14 PM

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I doubt that your home town is a hotbed of intellectuals either, simply because you live there.

Posted by: GP04 | May 11, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

is this even legal?

Posted by: sprite977 | May 12, 2010 1:45 AM | Report abuse

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