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Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign

Date of News Release: 05/18/2009

An image of Click It or Ticket logo(Hickory, Ky.) -- Today marks the beginning of the "Click It or Ticket" highway safety campaign. This federal highway safety initiative focuses on seatbelt and child restraint enforcement as well as education. Troopers will also be looking for aggressive driving habits including speeding, reckless driving, and DUI offenses. This campaign will continue through May 31st, 2009. During this event's two week duration, Troopers will patrol areas which have shown a low percentage of seatbelt usage. Troopers will also conduct saturated patrols in which intensified speed and impaired driving enforcement will take place. "There has been a 46 percent decrease in fatal collisions in the Post 1 area since this time last year. This is a direct result of the dedication that our Troopers give to highway safety everyday. Our efforts will continue in order to see these numbers continue to decline", says Captain Nathan Kent, Commander of Post 1. However, this year so far, Kentucky roadways as a whole have claimed the lives of 284 people. This is 10 more than the same time period last year. With a 73 percent seatbelt usage rate, Kentucky ranks near the bottom of the list when compared to the national seatbelt usage rate of 83 percent. That is why the "Click It or Ticket" campaign is important for the education and enforcement of the primary seatbelt law. During the upcoming holiday weekend and the days following, take that extra step to ensuring you and your passengers' safety. "Click It of Ticket" is not just a catchy slogan. Kentucky State Police is serious about saving lives. Help contribute to highway safety by doing your part and buckling up.

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