the Commonwealth, law enforcement agencies recognize
individuals from young to old, even some in their own ranks,
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.
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.
To nominate an individual, download the nomination form using the link above and send it along with any supporing documentation to: firstname.lastname@example.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.)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.