Trooper Kendra Wilson
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 12, Frankfort
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Kentucky State Police Kick Off Click It or Ticket on May 23rd
Date of News Release: 05/24/2011
(Post 12 Frankfort) -- Monday, May 23rd, 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 occupant restraint 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 citation, not a warning. This also applies to children who are not properly restrained in child safety seats or booster seats. Kentucky law requires all children who are 40 inches tall or less to be restrained in a child safety seat. Children under the age of seven years who are between 40 and 50 inches tall are required to be in a booster seat. All other motorists, regardless of age, shall be restrained in their vehicle with a seatbelt. The operator of a motor vehicle is responsible for seeing that all other occupants are properly restrained.
High visibility enforcement such as the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the Kentucky seat belt usage to a rate of 80 percent. The national seat belt usage is 84 percent. However; over half of the 791 motor vehicle occupants killed on Kentucky highways in 2010 were not wearing a seat belt.
Statewide through May 22, preliminary statistics* indicate that 228 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. There have been 186 motor vehicle fatalities and 111 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. This year nearly 66 percent of motorists killed on Kentucky highways have not been restrained.
Our Post 12 Commander Captain Mike Crawford wants to remind everyone "to pay attention, drive the speed limit, stay off the cell phone while driving, and most importantly wear your seatbelt. Too many people lose their lives in motor vehicle crashes each year and if the majority of them were restrained, they may have survived". As of May 22nd of this year within the Post 12 area eight motorists out of nine fatalities lost their lives. All eight victims were unrestrained. The alarming number shows that in those 9 fatal collisions 88 percent of those motorists were not restrained.
A new focus for law enforcement has become the targeting of unrestrained motorists at night. 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 and child restraint laws during the Click It or Ticket campaign which runs from Monday, May 23rd through Sunday, June 5th.
As always, Troopers and other law enforcement officers will continue to observe for distracted drivers, speed limit violators, impaired drivers, and reckless drivers, each of which greatly contribute to injury and fatal car crashes every year.
All motorists can contribute to highway safety by reporting dangerous drivers. Anyone who wishes to report dangerous driving behavior can contact Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555 or the Frankfort Post at 502-227-2221. Callers should give a good description of the vehicle, direction of travel, and a license plate number is possible. Callers may always remain anonymous.
The Frankfort Post provides police coverage for Anderson, Fayette, Franklin, Scott, Shelby, Spencer and Woodford counties.