Times Staff Report
May 23, 2013
PAINTSVILLE – Motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts – beware. The 2013 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization kicked off May 20 to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.
The sheriff’s office is joining with other state and local law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country to help save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.
Sheriff Dwayne Price said “Our goal is to save more lives, so we will be out enforcing seat belt laws – day and night.”
There were 746 total highway fatalities in Kentucky in 2012, with 592 killed in motor vehicles. Of those fatalities, 322, or 54.4 percent were not wearing a seat belt.
Even through this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs through Memorial Day weekend, motorists should know that officers are out enforcing seat belt laws year-round.
“Those who choose not to wear a seat belt will feel the heat from our officers who will be out cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators. Motorists should buckle up every time they go out, both day and night,” said Sheriff Price “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone not buckled up…no warnings and no excuses. Click It or Ticket.”
For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.