New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | October 30, 2020

New Kent Sheriff’s Office participating in ‘Operation Crash Reduction’

By Community Member | October 2, 2020 12:46 am

New Kent Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as part of Operation Crash Reduction.

From Oct. 9-12, the regional effort is being emphasized to express the importance of safety during the holiday weekends and the importance of seat belt use and other safe driving. New Kent Sheriff’s Office is emphasizing the safety measures as they are the best defense against injury or death in a crash to prevent fatalities.

“We know that these types of crashes typically occur around national holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving,” said New Kent Chief Deputy Lee Bailey. “We were surprised to learn that over the past five years, more fatal crashes have occurred during the October holiday weekend than during the more highly traveled holidays.

“We’ll be checking for seat belt use while educating drivers and passengers on the importance of wearing a seat belt,” he added. “Seat belts save lives and everyone, front seat and back, child and adult, should remember to buckle up.”