March 7, 2013
Reports from the Governors Highway Safety Commission show the number of teens being killed in Virginia Car Accidents increased last year. This is complicated further by data concluding that seat belt use is down in rural areas of the state.
According to a story from the Leesburg Patch, numbers show a 19 percent increase in teen driver fatalities during the first six months of 2012 compared to the number during the same time period in 2011. Data also indicates 306 people died across the state, and another 4,352 were injured, as a result of not being properly restrained during motor vehicle collisions.
In an effort to alleviate the problem, state and local police are working to promote a new safety campaign called “Keep It Together”. The program challenges area high school students to see which school can get the most participation in seat belt usage. The notion of having students promote the campaign is based off the theory teens are more likely to take advice from their peers.
This campaign also hit close to home for schools in the Leesburg area. During the the campaign, a 17-year-old local teen died after being involved in a car accident while unrestrained.
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with Skolrood Law Firm applaud the efforts being made to improve highway safety for motorists. The firm is hopeful the campaign finds success in the future as well.