Click It or Ticket begins in Eastern Kentucky

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The Click It or Ticket targeted enforcement campaign kicked off Friday morning in eastern Kentucky.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and Highway District 12 joined together with law enforcement agencies to focus on seat belt safety. The Click It or Ticket campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws, and law enforcement officers saving lives.

In 2016, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved over 14,000 lives of occupants over the age of five.

“Nobody wants to get a ticket, “said Bradley Bond with Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. “But if we can go out and write a seat belt ticket here or there and it makes somebody buckle up, then later on down the road if they are involved in a pretty serious collision and they survive, that makes it all worth it.”

“We want people to obey the law, but we want people to get home to their families,” added Williamson Police Chief Grady Dotson. “If we can bring fatalities down by wearing seat belts or if we can bring seat belt usage up, then we’ve done our job.”

Not only does wearing a seat belt contribute to keeping motorists safe if involved in a collision, it also saves them money. 

“Insurance companies look at the seat belt usage rate in the county when they set their rates for auto insurance,” said Information Officer Sara George with Highway District 12.

Click It or Ticket officially begins Monday. Law enforcement agencies around the region will conduct safety checkpoints and saturated patrols during the campaign.