State Police Writes Over 7,000 Seat Belt Citations During "Click It or Ticket" Campaign

The Kentucky State Police announced that as a result of its seatbelt enforcement efforts, 7,021 seat belt and 223 child restraint citations were issued to unrestrained motorists during the national 'Click It or Ticket' enforcement mobilization (May 19 - June 1). KSP joined other state and local law enforcement agencies who participated in 'Click It or Ticket' as part of a statewide effort to increase seat belt use among those identified as least likely to buckle up. The campaign includes the Memorial Day Holiday travel period which is one of the deadliest for motorists in the Commonwealth.

KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer was pleased with his agency's results in the statewide mobilization effort.

"Last year, there were 835 crashes in Kentucky during the Memorial Day weekend," said Brewer. "Eight people lost their lives and 355 were injured. Many of these fatalities and injuries might have been avoided if the drivers had buckled up, slowed down and avoided the use of drugs and alcohol. I applaud the efforts of our troopers during this campaign and their dedication to saving lives on Kentucky roadways."

Captain Tim Lucas, Commander for the Highway Safety Branch points out that, according to the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), regular seat belt use remains the single most effective way to protect yourself and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent - and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs, and minivans.

"Kentucky has a seat belt usage rate of 72 percent and even though we have improved from past years, it is still disturbing that some individuals refuse to buckle up - the citation numbers bear this out," said Lucas.

We are hopeful that the numbers we achieve in 2008 will reflect that we are getting the message across to those who have cavalier attitudes when driving and less likely to buckle up," added Lucas.

In addition to the seat belt citations, KSP issued 6,333 speeding citations; 461 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests; 46,308 vehicle inspections; 434 suspended license violations; 2,029 failure to provide proof of insurance citations; 77 reckless driving citations; 151 drug arrests; 6,279 miscellaneous traffic violations and 164 fugitives were apprehended during the enforcement campaign.

'Click It or Ticket' is a national enforcement effort that is supported by federal NHTSA funding allocated to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety. KSP will continue its highway safety efforts through enforcement and public awareness throughout the summer

The public is encouraged to report any unsafe operation of a motor vehicle by contacting the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    Driving on the highway is a privalage not a right. If you are pulled over dont take the seat belt off, wait until you are asked for your lic. And talking on the cell is not against the law, it might me stupid for some people but is not against the law.
  • by jr Location: south east ky on Jun 11, 2008 at 07:53 AM
    i was 1 of the 7000. people that got a seat belt ticket ,but its bad when you have it on when the officer comes up to the vec & you take it off to get to your wallet to get you lis.out & you dont put it back on right then and you still get a ticket thats what burns me up .& also window tint & cell phones you see alot of police vec,with window tint on vec as dark you cant see them & officers driving while talking on the phone , but i guess do as i say not as, i do . how can you right tickets when they are breaking the law themselfs ,just my two cents .
  • by Anonymous on Jun 11, 2008 at 05:24 AM
    When the government wants to pay my insurance (which Ky issurance prices are one the highest in the USA) then they can tell me I have to wear my seat belt. When the government starts making my car payment then they can start telling me what I can and can't do in my own car.Theres to much drugs in this state for the police to be out making revenue for our Ky government by writing no seat belt tickets . What a shame and waste of taxpayers dollars.
  • by amanda Location: eastern on Jun 11, 2008 at 04:56 AM
    yeah this makes a lot of sense. I can ride a motorcycle with no helmet, but cant drive a car without a seat belt. You all have no life. Too many people committing real crime. Are you all that bored? How many seat belts have killed people too? Oh you cant put that info in here.
  • by Andy on Jun 11, 2008 at 04:50 AM
    Yea fine the life out of anyone and every one "HUH"=Get out of our lives Kentucky Commies.We no longer have a police force its now called storm troopers. or S.S.You can't cross the street without breaking some insane over top law.=The best thing to do is to buy every thing out of state, so they can't use your own money agianist you.We suffer badly, from low life Boss Hogg Bap. Democrats in this state.Move out now while you can,or face jail for nothing.
  • by Yup Location: Hyden on Jun 10, 2008 at 09:00 PM
    Were these numbers written by KSP only or did they tally all the other numbers written by other agencies to make themselves look good?
  • by Jonathan on Jun 10, 2008 at 07:17 PM
    If any of you could be on the scene of some of these crashes - you would change your mind. sixty five percent of the people killed in ky. last year were not wearing seat belts. Most of those were thrown from their vehicle. I am EMS and I see it all out there. Spend a weekend on an EMS ride along and you will have a change of heart. -JHS
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Jun 10, 2008 at 07:13 PM
    I wish they would write tickets for driving too slow in the left lane and not using your turn signal.
  • by bill Location: eastern,Ky on Jun 10, 2008 at 04:41 PM
    There we go..I suppose if someone who dosnt care to kill themselves in a car wreck warrents more attention than say the thousands of drug dealers out there...I wholeheartedly agree with the child restraint laws but honestly if someone dosnt care about thereselves enoug to wear a seatbelt why should they??
  • by bill Location: pikeville on Jun 10, 2008 at 03:36 PM
    they try to make us wear a seat belt, but you dont have to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. makes a lot of sense
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