MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) – Memorial Day weekend means thousands of drivers will hit Kentucky's roadways and so will police.
"Kentucky law states that you have to wear your seat belt," says Trooper Keith Parke, Kentucky State Police. "If you're not wearing it then you're going to see blue lights in your rear view mirror."
Kentucky State Police are out enforcing their "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Over a two week span, troopers will aggressively target drivers who choose not to wear seat belts or use child safety restraints.
"You're not only looking at drivers, you're looking at passengers," Trooper Parke says. "Then obviously with kids, I mean, it's a law that they have to be in a seat belt or in a booster seat if they're under a certain age and height requirement."
Getting caught will leave you with a $25 dollar fine, but not getting caught could cost even more. Last year during the four day holiday weekend, seven people were killed on Kentucky roads.
Trooper Parke says, "In 2013, there were 638 fatalities in the state of Kentucky. 278 of those occupants were not wearing seat belts, which is a 57.6 percent ratio. So wearing you're seat belt, if you're wearing it, you're going to cut down on half of those fatalities so it's very important. It's a very easy thing to do. Reach over your shoulder, pull it, click it and it can save your life."
The "Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign runs through June 1st.