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By Scott Shenk
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But plenty who don't buckle up still die on the roads--306 in Virginia last year.
And if you don't think it can happen to you, here's something to think about: A quick check of local crashes shows that, since July, there have been at least five deadly crashes in which the victims weren't wearing a seat belt.
It doesn't have to be that way.
Seat belts aren't perfect, but at least a few of those above-mentioned victims would have lived had they only buckled up.
The Department of Motor Vehicles says you are 40 percent less likely to die in a crash if you are wearing a seat belt.
State law says you have to buckle up, but a better argument for wearing a seat belt is that it might save your life.
Dear Scott: The lights at Telegraph Road and the Quantico Corporate Center are backing up traffic (at least from about 3:45 to 4:10 p.m.) that seems to be getting progressively worse.
I am requesting that the timing at the lights be looked at and see if they can be either timed together or in the afternoons they be set so that U.S. 1 traffic has the priority.
The issue seems to be fairly new with how far they are backing up traffic.
--Carlos Hathcock, Stafford
Part of the issue could be a recent change in the traffic-signal timing patterns that make the U.S. 1 lights stay red a little longer in the Boswell's Corner area.
The timing was changed for the Telegraph Road intersection so traffic from each side road has a dedicated green light, allowing drivers to make safer left turns onto U.S. 1 without facing oncoming traffic, according to VDOT's Kelly Hannon, who said the changes were prompted by requests from "motorists and others."
She said VDOT will have signal technicians check out the area and make sure U.S. 1 gets as much time as possible during peak traffic periods.
Even before the change, this section of U.S. 1 suffered heavy traffic problems, caused mostly by rush hour.
But congestion also crops up in the area when there are traffic problems on Interstate 95.