Motorists who refuse to wear their seatbelts – beware. Hodgenville Police Department is joining the national Click It or Ticket seatbelt enforcement mobilization on May 19 to help save lives by cracking down on those who won’t buckle up.
“As motorists take to the roads to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend, we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” said Chief Steve Johnson. “We’ll be out in force – day and night – prepared to ticket anyone not wearing a seatbelt.”
There were 638 highway fatalities in 2013 in Kentucky, with 483 killed in motor vehicles. Of those 483 fatalities, 278 were not wearing a seatbelt.
“There are too many people dying on our roads,” said Chief Johnson. “Many of those lives could have been saved with the simple snap of a seatbelt.”
Kentucky’s seatbelt usage rate increased with the passage of the primary law from 67.2 percent in 2006 to 85 percent in 2013. However, it is still below the national usage rate of 87 percent.
For more on Click It or Ticket, visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.