TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Click It or Ticket Highway Safety Mobilization
Date of News Release: 05/24/2010
(Hickory, KY) – Today marks the beginning of a nationwide highway safety initiative known as Click It or Ticket. The Kentucky State Police joins hundreds of local law enforcement officials, highway safety representatives, and safety advocates nationwide who have vowed support of the annual highway safety mobilization.
"Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket enforcement activities that will take place around the clock. If a Kentucky State Trooper finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket, not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions," said Captain Nathan C. Kent, Commander of Kentucky State Police, Post 1-Mayfield.
High visibility enforcement such as the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the national seat belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed national usage rate of 84 percent in 2009. Survey data for 2009 of front seat passengers indicated that the seatbelt usage in Kentucky had increased from 73 to 80 percent; however, over 61 percent of motor vehicle occupants killed on Kentucky highways in 2009 were not wearing a seat belt. As of May 24th of this year, nearly 53 percent of motorist killed on Kentucky highways have not been restrained.
"Nighttime drivers and passengers continue to be among those least likely to wear seat belts. Consequently, they are also among those most likely to die in motor vehicle crashes. That's why the Kentucky State Police is supporting enhanced nighttime enforcement of seat belt laws during the Click It or Ticket campaign which runs from today through June 6th, 2010", said Trooper Dean Patterson, Public Affairs Officer for Kentucky State Police , Post 1-Mayfield.
As always, troopers and other law enforcement officers will continue to observe for speed limit violators, impaired drivers, and reckless drivers, each of which greatly contribute to injury and fatal car crashes each year.
Remember this May 24 to June 6, 2010: It's Click It or Ticket. Buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You'll save the cost of a ticket and may even save a life.