State Police stopping drivers to check seatbelt usage
by Hawkins Teague
May 21, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kentucky drivers can expect to get a ticket if they are caught without a seatbelt on between now and June.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, along with Kentucky State Police and some local officials, began the new “Click It or Ticket” campaign Monday, and it will continue through June 1. A press release from the Transportation Cabinet said that despite the primary seatbelt law that Kentucky passed in 2006 and research showing that seatbelts save lives, the state is at the bottom in the nation in seatbelt usage rates with only 72 percent. This, and the approaching summer driving season, are a couple of reasons for the new campaign, said Keith Todd, the public information officer for posts 1 and 2 of the Transportation Cabinet.

“It’s a standard Click It or Ticket campaign,” he said. “Officers don’t get paid based on the number of tickets they write. They’re just going to be at certain checkpoints making sure that drivers are wearing their seatbelts. Kentucky has done a pretty good job of driving the numbers (of fatalities) down, but as the summer driving season starts, there will be more cars on the road. KSP will be stepping up enforcement so that they are visible.”

Dean Patterson, the public affairs officer for KSP Post 1, said that the program is being funded by a federal overtime grant, which will allow officers to spend more time enforcing seatbelt usage. He said that offices like the Pennyrile Area Development District have done surveys in which they monitor how many drivers are wearing seatbelts, and that there might be more checkpoints in areas were usage has been found to be lower. He said that officers might even change their positions based on the results they find each day.

Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander said that while city police aren’t included in this specific overtime grant, they have received their own grants to cover highway safety. He said it was possible that drivers might see Cadiz Police assisting KSP in the campaign, but that any overtime was not related to Click IT of Ticket.

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