Survey Finds High Seat Belt Use

Most Loudoun County residents are wearing seat belts, according to a survey by the Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit during the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

During the month-long campaign, the survey found that 82 percent of Loudoun's motorists were wearing a seat belt. The statewide average was 80 percent. The figures were compiled by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles from data supplied by participating law enforcement agencies.

"Enforcement gets people to buckle up. Seat-belt use in states that conduct high-visibility enforcement is 10 to 15 percentage points higher than in states that simply conduct public education," said Lt. Ed Leonard of the Traffic Safety Unit.

The national "Click It or Ticket" campaign ran from May 17 through June 18. The effort is one of several programs under the Smart, Safe and Sober partnership aimed at preventing death and injury on Virginia roads. The campaign involved the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Sheriffs' Association, DRIVE SMART Virginia and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Clues Sought in Hit-and-Run

The Sheriff's Office is seeking information about a reported hit-and-run July 2.

Shortly after 9 p.m. a 36-year-old Sterling man was crossing Augusta Drive just north of Route 7 when a red motorcycle struck him while he was at the double yellow line. The motorcycle then fled north on Augusta Drive toward Seneca Ridge Drive.

The suspect was described as a male wearing a dark helmet, white T-shirt and blue jeans.

The victim suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment at the scene.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Deputy Sean Dikeman at 703-771-5670, Ext. 6461.

Citizen's Police Academy

The 17th Citizen's Police Academy will begin Sept. 1.

The free sessions will be held one evening a week for 10 weeks, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

All classes will be held at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy in Ashburn, except for firearms training, which will be held at the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office firearms range off Route 50 in the Chantilly area.

Sheriff's Office personnel will conduct the training classes, providing an overview of all the facets of law enforcement in the agency. Class members may participate in a ride-a-long with a deputy after completing the academy.

The classes are open to Loudoun County residents 19 and older. To enroll, contact Ginger Wines or Audra Vogel at the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office at 703-777-0407 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Registration will be on a first-come basis. Enrollment will be limited to 25 participants.