Seat Belt Law Credited With Saving Lives

Every year, emergency crews deal with a number of crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday.

But this year, police tell 27 NEWSFIRST the number of deadly crashes is down for the whole year, and they credit Kentucky's new seat belt law with saving lives.

Traffic deaths were reaching an all time high a year ago, and now State police say the numbers are finally going down.

Kentucky State Police say in 60% of all fatalities in Kentucky, people weren't wearing a seat belt.

Since the primary seat belt law went into effect last January, more and more Kentuckians are wearing seat belts.

State police say the usage rate has increased from 67 to 70%.

As of yesterday, 774 Kentuckians have lost their lives in 2007. That's 63 fewer than this time one year ago.

In the Thanksgiving period alone, 5 of the 9 people who died on Kentucky's roads were not wearing a seat belt.

This time last year during the holiday period, there were 15 deaths on Kentucky's roads.

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