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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  • by Ben #1 Location: Lexington on Nov 30, 2007 at 05:08 AM
    I'd like to ask all the "non-seat belt wearers", how many of you buckle up your children? I couldn't care less if you want to wear a seat belt or not, but your children need to be protected. Go ahead and tell me, "My child, I'll do what I want!".. show your ignorance. It is funny to read comments, seems like a lot of people think law makers and police officers sit around in a (edited) and think up ways to take their money. The Law was made to try and keep you safe, just like other rules of the road.
  • by daniel Location: wellington ky on Nov 29, 2007 at 02:34 PM
    the seatbelt law is a money making deal our frankfort leaders came up with it is bs thanks again frankfort
  • by ben Location: lex on Nov 29, 2007 at 11:46 AM
    I wonder how many unlawful searches of vehicles there have been because of this BS law. It's unconsitutional, if I choose not to wear my seat belt it endangers NO ONE but myself.
  • by Donnie Location: Kentucky on Nov 29, 2007 at 09:21 AM
    The seatbelt law is just another money machine. Drugs, DUI's, child molesters, thiefs, murderers are still rampid throughout the state. To heck with what the tax payers pay police to do. Lets spend our time and money on making people wear their seat belts. Make sense to me (ha!).Let the people vote on this issue. Our representatives represent government, not us! If seatbelts save lives why hasn't my insurance bill reflected it? Simple, deaths are down, injuries (requiring insurance payment) are up? Do the math.
  • by observer Location: lexington on Nov 29, 2007 at 06:30 AM
    Mike, The seat belt usage law was brought to us during a DEMOCRATS reign. the newer primary offense law was in the works before Gov. Fletcher came into office. The original law was intended to be primary offense but was down graded and tied to the child safety seat law to get it passed. When I was younger I rarely wore a seat belt, too cumbersome. I am normally all for personal choice, but after 20 years as a police officer (now retired) and exposure to more crash scenes than I ever wanted to see, I am now a FIRM beleiver in them, even to the point of making them mandatory, because, as I have seen first hand, some people just don't get it. To open another debate, I would like to see a mandatory "wipers on/lights on" law akin to several other states. Too many times I've heard "I just didn't see the other car.". The current helmet law? Not smart.
  • by c Location: fkt on Nov 29, 2007 at 05:19 AM
    Wearing a seatbelt should be a choice. I agree that's it's funny that the lawmakers repealled the helmet law for motorcycles, but passed a seatbelt law for car drivers! Give me a break! Another thing that bugs me, they make us buckle our children up, but yet they can ride a school bus without a seatbelt! Seems the law applies to the citizens, but not to the government who created the law! Why is the government so interested in "saving" our lives? Because we pay taxes, if we die, then no more money for them to blow on stupid pet projects! They don't care about us, they only care because of what we can give to them! When it's your time to die, you will die. Seatbelt or not! I had a friend who burnt to death because he couldn't get the seatbelt unbuckled to get out of the car!I've seen a man hung by his seatbelt when his car overturn. The seatbelt help to kill them! But you don't hear about those stories, just the ones where seatbelts are the hero! It should be a choice, not a law!
  • by Mike Location: Carter on Nov 29, 2007 at 03:34 AM
    Observer should try observing with his eyes open! The seatbelt law was forced on us by the exRepublican tyrants. He is correct though, seatbelts should be worn,
  • by Jason Location: Richmond on Nov 28, 2007 at 07:41 PM
    wear your seat belts you morons, hopefully if you dont God will take you for being stupid. Who cares about the law it only makes sense to protect yourself. Democrat, Republican, democrat republican, if you got a life you wouldnt blame politicians for people making so many poor decision that they had to force them to do something that is so simple
  • by Anonymous Location: KY on Nov 28, 2007 at 02:15 PM
    Nope we should have to have the law cause each and everyone of you whom is complaining now did you contact your law maker and say don't vote to make this primary law? I'm will to bet no you didn't! There for you don't have much right to complain about yoru rights being took away if you didn't fight for them. That is why this day the Goverment of KY is taking your right to wear or not to wear your seat belt. Might as well let them with Gov Fletcher in office last 4 years this state as went down hill. Far as my personal use of a seat belt yes 100% yes but it is a choice but im not a stupid person and knows it can save or kill you in certain situations. My saying is if its your time to go then you will go with or with out a seat belt, in the end its God's choice.
  • by Cindy Location: Somerset on Nov 28, 2007 at 12:32 PM
    I have always worn a seatbelt and always will , but I think it should be a choice if an adult wants to wear one or not. If your old enough to be sent to war you should be able to choice. Its just another way the government tries to take your rights away. I do think you would have to be a moron not to wear on though.
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