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KSP calls 'click it' program a success

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By The Staff

Kentucky State Police 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 18 through May 31. 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  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 said he was pleased with his agency’s results. ”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,” he said.  “The goal of these enforcement efforts is not to see how many tickets we can write. The purpose is to save lives and that is where extra enforcement is key in changing driver behavior.” Brewer said KSP showed an increase of 2,000 seat-belt citations from the caampaing in 2008. In addition to the seat- belt citations, KSP issued 6,119 speeding citations, made 437 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests, inspected 47,936 vehicles, found 436 suspended- license violations, cited 2,239 for failure to provide proof of insurance, wrote 115 reckless-driving citations and made 236 drug arrests. Thre were  7,915 miscellaneous traffic violations, and 282 fugitives were apprehended during the enforcement campaign.