Greenville police deptGreenville, Ky. (5/18/17) — As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacations, Greenville Police Department reminds drivers to “Click It or Ticket.”

Aimed at enforcing seat belt useage to help keep families and drivers safe, the national seat belt campaign ‪May 22 through June 4 is one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year, GPD reported.

“Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the loss of life when people refuse to buckle up,” said GPD Chief Darren Harvey. “It’s such a simple thing, and it should be an automatic next step after sitting down in a vehicle.”

As the Memorial Day weekend approaches and the summer vacation season ramps up, Harvey said, “We want to keep our community members safe, and make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash — buckling up. “If the enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving and gets them to buckle up, we’ll consider it a success.”

Of the 834 highway fatalities last year in Kentucky, 50.9 percent were not wearing a seat belt, Harvey noted.

“Did you know someone who was killed in a crash because they did not buckle up?” asked Chief Darren Harvey. “Please, help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone — front seat and back, child and adult — needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time.”

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate seat belts, when worn correctly, 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 addition, regular seat belt usage is the single most effective way to protect against and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit ‪www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

SurfKY News

Information provided by Wes Miller GPD PIO/
Muhlenberg County Investigative Task Force

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