KSP participated in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) May seat belt campaign called ‘Click It Or Ticket’. The campaign was sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and ran from May 18th through May 31st.
During the 14-day mobilization, KSP issued 9,921 seat belt and 288 child restraint citations to unrestrained motorists. KSP joined other state and local law enforcement agencies who participated in ‘Click It or Ticket’ as part of a statewide effort to increase seat belt use day and night among those identified as least likely to buckle up.
KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer was pleased with his agency’s results in the statewide effort.
"Safety is a top priority for our agency and the easiest, most effective way to protect yourself in a motor vehicle is to wear your seat belt,” advised Brewer.
“The goal of these enforcement efforts is not to see how many tickets we can write,” said Brewer. “The purpose is to save lives and that is where extra enforcement is key in changing driver behavior.”
Brewer advised that KSP showed an increase of 2,000 seat belt citations during the 2009 ‘Click It Or Ticket’ campaign over the number reported for the agency last year.
In addition to the seat belt citations, KSP issued 6,119 speeding citations; 437 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests; 47,936 vehicle inspections; 436 suspended license violations; 2,239 failure to provide proof of insurance citations; 115 reckless driving citations; 236 drug arrests; 7,915 miscellaneous traffic violations and 282 fugitives were apprehended during the enforcement campaign.
The public is encouraged to report any unsafe operation of a motor vehicle by contacting the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.