Policemen deaths on roadways spiked sixteen percent across the nation in 2006. The chairman of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund says this is partly because some officers don't wear seat belts, because they block access to weapons.
But after Pikeville State Police Trooper Jonathan Leonard was killed in an accident in which he wasn't wearing a seat belt...Officers say they're paying more attention now and are buckling-up.
"You make sure that belt's clicked and you watch things a little more closely. Anytime something like this occurs, it puts that in the back of your mind," said KSP trooper Don Trosper.
"We're the ones that give the death notifications and we're the ones that see the families after the accidents so it really hits home to us," Trooper Richie Baxter said.
Trosper says preliminary statistics show nearly three-hundred-fifty people were killed in Kentucky last year as a result of not wearing a seat belt.