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Seatbelt Usage and Stats for Post 15, Columbia

Date of News Release: 11/07/2005

(Columbia, KY) - As we approach the busy holiday season, the Troopers of Kentucky State Police Post #15, Columbia, urge everyone to please buckle-up, pay attention and drive safely.

Last year in Kentucky 963 people were killed in traffic collisions. Of those, 527 were not wearing seat belts.

Most every Trooper has investigated a collision where the occupants could have walked away, had they been properly belted.

Already in 2005, 45 people have died in collision in the eleven county area covered by Post #15, compared to 36 for the entire year of 2004.

These 45 people are not nameless statistics. They are friends, neighbors, and family members taken from the communities forever.

Of those 45 killed, 34 are known to not be wearing seatbelts.

Statewide, the average seatbelt usage is 66 percent, but the average for Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Marion, Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell, Taylor, Washington is listed below, with a majority of fatal collision occurring on highways listed below.

Kentucky State Troopers and other law enforcement personnel will be paying extra attention to drivers not wearing belts, and to inattentive or reckless drivers, but we need you to do your part.

Allow a little extra time to reach your destination, make sure everyone in your vehicle is property secured, drive the speed limit, and pay attention to other traffic on the roadway.

Together, we can make the roadways safer for everyone.

If you don't buckle up for yourself, do it for the ones you love.

Post 15 Seatbelt Usage
1. Adair 37.8%
2. Casey 39.0%
3. Clinton 46.7%
4. Cumberland 40.6%
5. Green 41.8%
6. Marion 54.9%
7. Metcalfe 42.1%
8. Monroe 30.3%
9. Russell 54.4%
10. Taylor 51.8%
11. Washington 51.4%
High Crash Areas
1. Adair S 61 & N 55
2. Casey KY 70 & US 127
3. Clinton KY 90 & US 127
4. Cumberland S 61 & W KY 90
5. Green US 68 & KY 61
6. Marion KY 52 & US 68
7. Metcalfe KY 1243 & KY 163
8. Monroe 163 & S KY 63
9. Russell US 127 & KY 76
10. Taylor KY 210 & US 68
11. Washington KY 150 & KY 152

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