7,021 tickets issued during seat-belt crackdown
Herald-Leader Staff Report
Police issued 7,021 citations to drivers across the Bluegrass State who failed to wear seat belts during the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign, Kentucky State Police announced Tuesday.
During the campaign from May 19 to June 1, 223 child-restraint tickets also were issued, state police said.
State police Capt. Tim Lucas, commander of the Highway Safety Branch, said that according to the National Traffic Safety Administration, regular seat-belt use is the most effective way for people to protect themselves in crashes.
“Kentucky has a seat-belt usage rate of 72 percent, and even though we have improved from past years, it is still disturbing that some individuals refuse to buckle up. The citation numbers bear this out,” Lucas said in a news release.