LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — As Memorial Day approaches, state officials are aimed at promoting safe travel through a familiar program.
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is teaming up with law enforcement agencies across the state and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement their annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
Click It or Ticket promotes the usage of seatbelts in order to save lives during vehicle accidents. The NHTSA said seatbelts are proven to reduce the risk of fatal accidents of front seat riders by 45% in cars and 60% in minivans, SUVs, and other large vehicles.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet indicated that of the 806 vehicle fatalities that occurred in the state last year, 54.7% were not wearing a seatbelt.
The program means drivers may see a higher volume of officers on the highways giving out fines for not wearing a seat belt.