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DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (FOX 56) — Get caught wearing your seat belt, and you’ll be rewarded for it. It’s what deputies in western Kentucky are doing to thank those safely buckling up.

In a Facebook post, the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office shared they will be conducting traffic checkpoints in the near future.

“Not necessarily to issue citations, but to reward those wearing seat belts,” the post said.

It’s an initiative to increase awareness of seat belt usage with the ultimate goal of rewarding those who wear one, said the sheriff’s office.

The seat belt usage rate in Kentucky is below the national average, according to the Daviess County Sheriff’s. They said in 2020, Kentucky saw 780 fatalities with 56.9% of them not wearing a seat belt.

“Every year our office coordinates with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety during campaigns to enforce traffic violations, hopeful to lower traffic collisions and the overall injury/fatality rate. Our office decided to start 2022 off with a different strategy,” said the sheriff’s office.

Those found wearing their seat belt will be rewarded with an “I was caught wearing my seat belt” T-shirt.

(Daviess County Sheriff’s Office)

“We look forward to these checkpoints and hope we find everyone buckled up,” they said.