Starting March 16, nighttime checkpoints will be set up across the city of Asheville to check for seat-belt-law compliance. Information Officer John Dankel warns, “Anyone who is caught not wearing a seat belt will be ticketed and fined — no excuses.”
The project is being undertaken with the assistance and collaboration of the Buncombe County Sherriff’s Department, state Highway Patrol, Biltmore Forest Police Department, Woodfin Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office and WNC Safe Kids.
In 2005, 77 percent of passenger vehicle occupants in a fatal crash who were buckled up survived the crash.
APD Chief William Hogan noted, “Seat belts clearly save lives. But unfortunately, too many folks in Asheville still need a tough reminder, so we are going to be out in force buckling down on those who are not buckled up.”
For more information, call Sgt. Stony Gonce at 259-4085 or visit www.BuckleUpAmerica.org.
— Cecil Bothwell, staff writer