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Saved By the Belt and Bag (SBBB)

All across the Commonwealth, law enforcement agencies recognize individuals from young to old, even some in their own ranks, who were involved in a traffic crash and, because they were wearing a safety belt or were in a child safety restraint, their injuries were reduced or their lives were saved. In 2010, more than 70 individuals were recognized across Virginia. Many of their stories were shared in the Smart, Safe & Sober Newsletter.

The Saved by the Belt & Bag Program is open to any law enforcement agency. Nominations for individuals who were involved in traffic crashes and were wearing safety restraint devices are being accepted on a continual basis. There is no cost to the nominating agency – all recognition materials are provided by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police through funding from the Virginia Highway Safety Office.

  SBBB Nomination Form (fillable PDF)

To nominate an individual, download the nomination form using the link above and send it along with any supporing documentation to: sbbb@smartsafeandsober.org

We strongly prefer e-mail submissions; however, if you cannot send by e-mail, we will accept nominations by mail or fax. (Faxed nominations are the least preferrable when the supporting documentation includes photographs as the photos turn into black boxes.)

Mailing Address:
Saved by the Belt & Bag Award
c/o Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
880 Technology Park Drive, Suite 100
Glen Allen, Virginia 23059

Fax: (804) 285-3363 – ATTN: Suzanne

For questions, contact Suzanne Robinson by email or by phone at (804) 285-8227.

 

NEWS:

Fourteen Honored for Making Lifesaving Decision to Buckle Up

The Saved by the Belt Awards Committee recently selected fourteen individuals — including two law enforcement officers — to receive the Virginia Saved by the Belt Award.The awards were presented between April and June 2014. Click here to read their stories

Fifteen Recognized with Saved by the Belt Awards

The Saved by the Belt Awards Committee has been carefully reviewing nominations the past year for the Virginia Saved by the Belt & Bag Awards and have distributed awards recognizing 12 citizens and 3 law enforcement officers since April 2013.

Click here to view the list of recipients and read their stories

The Saved by the Belt & Bag Program is open to any law enforcement agency. Nominations for individuals who were involved in traffic crashes and were wearing safety restraint devices are being accepted on a continual basis. There is no cost to the nominating agency – all recognition materials are provided by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police through funding from a grant from the Virginia Highway Safety Office. To participate, download the nomination form.

 

Father and son honored for wearing belts that saved their lives

COLONIAL HEIGHTS (March 18) - There's no doubt Alan Little and his son Ethen buckle up when they get into a car, after all, they have reason to believe seat belts save lives.

The pair pulled out of the Sheetz on Conduit Road in Colonial Heights on August 8th, 2009 when their Ford Focus was hit in the passenger side.

The force of the collision knocked the Littles' car on its side and pushed it into another car.

Ethen was revived at the scene and taken by Med-flight to VCU/MCV Medical Center where he spent 5 days.

Alan was taken by ambulance to the same hospital and spent four days there.

Colonial Heights Police recognized them Thursday afternoon with a "Saved By The Belt" award, part of a program by the Governor's Highway Safety Office and the Virginia Police Chiefs Association.

The pair say they hope the recognition will inspire others to buckle up, whether behind the wheel or in the passenger seat.

Dog, owner receive Saved by the Belt award
PORTSMOUTH - We've all heard the phrase "seat belts save lives."

In one case, it saved a dog's life and earned the pooch and her owner the Va. Highway Safety Office's Saved by the Belt award.

Isabella, a three-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog, and owner Marie Bentley survived a serious car accident in Portsmouth last April.

Police credit the seat belts, and in Isabella's case a canine belt, and airbags for saving their lives.

"Secure our pets. They are like our family, but moreover, secure any passenger that is in the vehicle, whether it's a two-legged or four-legged kind," said Maryann Rayment with the Va. Highway Safety Office.

Bentley says she's used a canine belt since Isabella was six months old.

Danville Resident to Receive Traffic Safety Award
On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, Danville Police Chief Philip Broadfoot along with representatives from the State of Virginia will present a Saved By The Belt Award to a Danville resident. The female resident was wearing her seat belt during a serious motor vehicle accident which occurred in the fall of 2008. The details of the crash and the recipient of the award will be announced on the date indicated above at the Danville Municipal Building in the second floor conference room at 1:30PM.

Lynchburg woman given seat belt award whose life saved by one
Ashley Foster remembers the moment when the world stopped spinning and her Ford Expedition landed on its wheels after careening 75 feet down an embankment. Her head hurt. Glass was everywhere. The airbags in the car had inflated - all but hers. But she was still in the car, held tight by the seat belt that very possibly saved her life.
RELATED: Another Life Likely Saved by a Seat Belt

EDITORIAL:
A plaque, a certificate and public awareness
Several times a year, Sgt. Tim Wyatt, traffic coordinator for the Roanoke County Police Department, organizes a ceremony during which people are honored for wearing seat belts.