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April 1, 2013

‘Click it or Ticket’: LPD steps up seat belt patrols

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — If you don’t “click-it,” you will get a ticket.  The London Police Department will pay extra attention to locals driving without seat belts, in order to uphold the Kentucky Department of Highway Safety’s push for extra enforcement on high-risk state roadways.

The state has identified specific roadways in Laurel County as areas where serious injury accidents often occur. Those roadways include the Hal Rogers Parkway, West Ky. 80, Ky. 192, U.S. 25, Ky. 1006, Ky. 363, among many others.

“People need to slow down, and give themselves some distance. A lot of accidents can be avoided,” said Police Chief Stewart Walker.

In 2011, 953 accidents took place within the city limits of London, with 115 injured.  In 2012, the number of accidents decreased to 756 with 92 people injured.

“Yes, the number of accidents were down, but that’s still a lot of people being hurt and two people were killed,” Walker said. “One death is too many.”

London’s seat belt usage rate is currently 83.4 percent, just below the 2012 state usage rate of 83.7.  London’s seat belt usage rate is expected to be raised to 85 percent by September 30, 2013.

The Kentucky Department of Highway Safety has zero tolerance for motorists not wearing seat belts or not having children in state-approved restraints.  

For more information about seat belt and safety regulations, visit transportation.ky.gov.

mmccrarey@sentinel-echo.com

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