Click It or Ticket Campaign begins

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and local law enforcement are teaming up for the annual “Click It or Ticket” Campaign November 19-30.

So far this year, fatalities among drivers and passengers who were not wearing a seatbelt are down 12% from last year.

Of the fatalities, 73% were male and 20% in their 20s.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seatbelt can reduce the chances of a fatal crash by 55%.

DMV Commissioner Gerald Lackey said, “The good news is that fewer people who weren’t wearing a seatbelt were killed in crashes so far this year, but we can’t become complacent.”

The DMV provided a few refreshers to help make sure you start your holiday journey safely.

Those include making sure any children are buckled securely and in the correct safety seat, making sure the seat belt clicks and is tight across your hips and chest, as well as keeping your seatbelt on the whole trip, every time.

No matter how close you are to home.

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NPS reinstates ticket program for Old Rag

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

The National Park Service announced they will continue the day hiking ticket program for Old Rag hiking in 2023.

From March 1 through November 30, a day-use ticket will be required to hike on the Saddle Trail, Ridge Trail and Ridge Access Trail areas in the Shenandoah National Park.

A ticket needs to be purchased for $1 at with the goal of helping to ease crowding on Old Rag.

A cap of 800 hikers are permitted per day with 400 tickets available 30 days before arrival  and the next 400 being released 5 days before.

Tickets will not be required December 1 through February 28.

For more information on Old Rag Day-Use Ticket’s click here.

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