Beginning Monday, May 23 to June 5, 2016, local KSP Troopers will participate in the national Click It or Ticket campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seat belt use. This enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
“We have a special role in helping protect the safety of our citizens,” said J.B. Hines, Edmonson County Attorney. “Time after time, we see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt is one of the most important steps in increasing survivability in a crash. Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and to keep them from repeating this potentially deadly mistake.”
Trooper BJ Eaton, KSP Post 3 Public Information Officer, said that seat belt use has been proven to save lives not only from the stats, but from the years of responding to collisions.
"This Click It or Ticket campaign is vitally important to us to help promote and enforce the importance of using a seat belt when you are in a motor vehicle, said Trooper Eaton. "Time after time, we as Troopers, see where seat belts have contributed to saving someone's life.....Or the adverse, where a seat belt could have prevented someone's death. It is an important campaign to us because we believe that the total number of fatalities in the state would decrease if the number of folks using seat belts would increase."
Hines said it's important to note that hundreds of thousands of drivers will be on the road this Memorial Day weekend as well as throughout the summer vacationing season.
“We want to make sure that people are buckling up to keep themselves and their families safe. It is the greatest defense in a vehicle crash,” said J.B. Hines.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.