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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 12, 2010
Media Contact: Melanie Stokes
Department of Motor Vehicles
(804) 367-6623

Unbelted Truckers Receive Extra Encouragement to Buckle Up
DMV Weigh Station Workers Thank Truckers Who Obey Law

RICHMOND - DMV technicians at Virginia's 13 truck weigh stations are now saying "thank you for buckling up" to each truck driver crossing the scales wearing a seat belt. In addition, unbelted drivers are informed they must buckle up before they are permitted to leave the weigh station.

"Most of the truckers we encounter are buckled up, however, there is still room for growth," said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative. "Why not thank those truckers who follow the law? This is a small effort that will raise awareness about a large issue."

In conjunction with this effort designed to promote seat belt use by truck drivers, which is required by federal and state law, Virginia State Police and law enforcement across the Commonwealth will participate in a Click It or Ticket mobilization during the week of November 14 through 21. Law enforcement officers will be out in full force next week to enforce all traffic laws, especially seat belt laws. It includes a special effort to write summonses to truck drivers who are not buckled up. "Partnering with the State Police and local law enforcement to provide positive reinforcement to truckers, and provide encouragement for all drivers in Virginia to buckle up, demonstrates the Commonwealth's commitment to safe driving behaviors," Holcomb added.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the 2008 national safety belt use rate for drivers of medium and heavy trucks and buses was 74 percent in 2009, up from 72 percent in 2008. The 2010 seat belt use rate for Virginia was 80.5 percent, down slightly from the 2009 all-time high rate of 82.3 percent.

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