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Post 14 Memorial Day Weekend Traffic Enforcement

Date of News Release: 05/27/2010

(Ashland, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police in Ashland is reminding residents to "buckle up" this Memorial Day weekend. Kentucky State law requires all occupants of a vehicle to be properly secured with a seatbelt or child restraint device. Troopers at Post 14 will be participating in the "click it or ticket" campaign from now through the Memorial Day weekend when traffic is expected to increase. Troopers will be conducting random traffic checkpoints in conjunction with the Ashland Police department and other local agencies at approved locations throughout our four county region which encompasses Boyd, Carter, Greenup, And Lawrence Counties. Statewide fatalities, as of 25 May 2010, are 242 compared to 311 the same time last year (decrease of 69). Locally, in 2009, there was one fatality during the Memorial Day weekend which occurred in Carter County involving an occupant not wearing a seatbelt. Post 14 currently has the same number of fatal as they did this time last year (10).

Captain David Hay, commander of KSP Post 14 states," Our troopers will be out in full force looking for seat belt violators. We strive to ensure the safety of our residents by enforcing seat belt laws. I encourage all motorists to use caution at all times but especially during this holiday weekend when traffic is expected to increase. Allow a little extra time between destinations and decrease your speed."

Drivers can report erratic drivers by calling 606-928-6421 or 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers can remain anonymous.

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