New Law Is In Place To Minimize Accident Injuries

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

At least one new law is in place to minimize accident injuries and deaths on Kentucky roadways.

Its motto: Buckle Up Kentucky... It's The Law & It's Enforced.

Still, since the new law went in effect this year, more than 60 percent of people who died in car accidents weren't wearing their seat belt.

“Kentucky's law is that everyone in the vehicle including children in child restraint seats have to be buckled it's not an option,” Sergeant James East said.

Click it or ticket, the law now says you can be pulled over just for not wearing your seat belt.

“I often forget to but the new law is helping remind me a lot better. I'm wearing it much more often thanks to that new law,” David Collier said.

Officials say in the past a vehicle moving as slow as 12 miles per hour has had fatal injuries for someone not buckled.

The fine for not being buckled is 25 dollars, but police say adults are responsible for the kids in their car too.

Trudy Wells says she had a trick when her son and his friends were younger to get them to wear their seat belt, “So I told his little friend who was about 5 at the time that the wheels on the car wouldn't roll without the buckle being snapped together.”

Wells says she's developed a good habit, she always buckles her seat belt as soon as she gets in the car.

State police say you can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to KSP toll-free at 1-800-222-5555.

They say you can remain anonymous.


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