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Police setting up checkpoints to make sure drivers buckle up

Kentuckians are getting a life saving reminder, in the form of a ticket.

The annual "Click It Or Ticket" campaign is underway. For the next several days, drivers will be stopped and ticketed if they're not properly restrained.

More than half of those killed on Kentucky roads last year were not wearing seat belts.

Seat belt use in Kentucky also still lags behind the national average.

That's why organizers say the "Click It Or Ticket" campaign isn't just about issuing tickets, but also changing the behavior of the state's drivers.

Until June 6, checkpoints, like the one set up Monday on U.S. 60 at the Fayette-Woodford County line, will be appearing throughout the state.

They'll be conducted by state and local law enforcement.

Those not wearing seat belts at the checkpoints will receive citations, but there's also some positive reinforcement.

Those found wearing a seat belt will receive another kind of ticket. They'll get a voucher that allows them to be entered for a chance to win tickets at the Kentucky Speedway.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when worn correctly, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injuries in a crash by 45 percent in cars, and by 60 percent in minivans, SUVs, or trucks.


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