TFC Michael Murriell
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 14, Ashland
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Click it or Ticket Campaign
Date of News Release: 05/23/2011
(Ashland, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police in Ashland is joining efforts with local law enforcement agencies as part of a nation-wide campaign to promote highway safety and reduce traffic fatalities. The goal is to increase seat belt usage which will ultimately result in fewer traffic fatalities and life changing injuries. With the passage of Kentucky's primary seat belt law, our seat belt usage rate rose from 67.2% in 2006 to 80.3% in 2010. This is an improvement but we are still below the national average usage rate of 84%. Our roadway fatalities have continued to decline but statistics have shown that half of the fatalities from 2010 involved occupants not wearing their seatbelt. The Click it or Ticket Campaign will involve Law Enforcement from across the state that will target seat belt violations by holding traffic checkpoints and regular patrols. Even though we have seen an increase in seat belt usage, the Kentucky State Police will be stringent with enforcement efforts to ensure this rate continues to increase. The enforcement period will run from 23 May through 5 June 2011 which will encompass the Holiday period.
Enforcement Works — Click It or Ticket has helped increase the observed national belt usage rate which rose to an all-time high of 84 percent in 2010, up from just 58 percent in 1994. Remember, the simplest and single most effective way of protecting our family members during a crash, is to ensure they are wearing their seat belts every trip, every time.