The Lexington Police Department will be conducting a Click-it or Ticket enforcement event this Friday, May 31 from 9 p.m. – midnight at the intersection of Main Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Officers will be working to spot drivers and passengers that are not wearing a seat belt as well as children who are not properly restrained. Officers will be standing by to initiate traffic stops on those vehicles and issue citations to those in violation.
This event is aimed at increasing seat belt usage ahead of the busy summer travel season. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up every trip, every time.
Of the 725 highway fatalities in Kentucky last year, 52.8 percent were not wearing a seat belt. When worn correctly, seat belts reduce the risk of fatalities by 45 percent for front-seat vehicle occupants and by 60 percent for pickup truck, SUV and minivan occupants.
In 2018, Lexington Police issued 3,320 citations for seat belt violations, a 22.6% increase over the previous year. The Lexington Police Department participates in federal highway safety grants funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and this event is an NHTSA requirement for all grantees.