Police reward safe drivers, passengers

Summer is traditionally a deadly time on Kentucky roads. In order to cut down on highway deaths, the Transportation Cabinet is launching its Click-It or Ticket Campaign.

Troopers have come up with a creative way to encourage those who are buckling up and to give a friendly reminder to those who aren't.

On Monday, drivers and passengers who were buckled up at drive-thrus at some local McDonald's restaurants received coupons for free food. People not wearing safety belts were given an educational card instead of citations.

Police are trying to remind people who are going to be traveling over the Memorial Day holiday to buckle up when they head out.

Kentucky has has one of the lowest seat belt usage rates in the country. New statistics show about 73 percent Kentuckians use their seat belts.


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  • by unbelievale Location: ky on May 19, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    It seems awfull easy for the ky state police to give free food away for a law that is not being abided by especially when we the tax payers ARE PAYING FOR THIS PROMOTION!!! When is ky going to wake up to these gimmicks and start enforcing the laws against REAL CRIMINALS !!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by c Location: fkt on May 19, 2009 at 04:00 AM
    If the state police want to get the word out, then I suggest they start with their own employees! There is a Frankfort Dispatcher who lives next door, who doesn't buckle up nor is her children buckled up, nor the one 5 yr old in a booster seat! She leaves out every morning with no one buckled up. So start with your own BEFORE, you tell this rest of us to buckle up!
  • by David Location: Lexington on May 18, 2009 at 07:21 PM
    Its not really a personal choice. I'm sure you have a family that depends on you to live a bit longer. Not to mention the fact that when someone is killed or seriously injured it cost all of us money on insurance rates to keep them in profit for the losses you would cause.
  • by A Location: L on May 18, 2009 at 03:07 PM
    I know 2 people from 2 differant wrecks that would have been cut in half had they been buckled into the seat that was torn in half instead or the steering wheel crushed into the driver seat. Government and cops simply use these laws to pull people over and get more money from them. The average driver in small towns isnt going to be thrown from a vehicle unless they hit something head on. The real danger lies in everyone else around you.
  • by Bev Location: Richmond on May 18, 2009 at 02:01 PM
    I agree that we should be allowed our individual freedom and that the Government already makes entirely too many decisions for us. If people are old enough to be allowed to drive, they should be able to make a choice whether or not to wear their seatbelts. I choose to wear mine every time I get in a car, and I choose to force anyone riding with me to wear theirs. They can choose not to wear it, but if that's the choice they make then I choose not to allow them in my car. The only time I stray from that is when the seat belt doesn't fit the person (large passenger).
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2009 at 01:33 PM
    I agree with Early Cuyler. I use my seat belt as a personal choice to benefit my safety, I don't need the government to do that for me.
  • by MG on May 18, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    Its a safety issue. I find it encouraging that our government CARES if we die in care wrecks. Its not like clicking in the belt is a big hassle.
  • by Anonymous Location: harlan on May 18, 2009 at 12:38 PM
    To Early, you may not want them in every aspect of your life but i bet you want them to pay for all your medical expenses when you go through the windshield
  • by ghetttochip Location: richmond on May 18, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    Save 'em from a crash, kill 'em with cholesterol and fat.
  • by Early Cuyler Location: Squidville on May 18, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    "Kentucky has has one of the lowest seat belt usage rates in the country." This is because we love our individual freedom and don't need/want the Government in EVERY aspect of our lives!

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