By Tom Latek
Kentucky At present
With the Memorial Day vacation weekend approaching, the Kentucky Transportation Cupboard’s Workplace of Freeway Security is becoming a member of with regulation enforcement businesses throughout the state within the annual Click on It or Ticket security marketing campaign.
The federally funded marketing campaign is a part of the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration’s high-visibility seat belt enforcement effort working from Monday, Might 24 by Sunday, June 6.
“Kentuckians got here collectively this previous yr to assist save lives through the COVID-19 pandemic and we’re asking for that very same dedication to security on our roadways,” stated Gov. Andy Beshear.
“We will need to have the general public’s assist to unfold this life-saving message: Decide to protected driving behaviors when behind the wheel, and everybody, each drivers and passengers, ought to pledge to buckle up.”
In accordance with the Kentucky Workplace of Freeway Security, there have been 780 freeway fatalities in 2020, of which 592 had been occupants of motor automobiles. Of these killed within the crashes, 338 weren’t carrying a seat belt, automobile seat or booster seat. Six of the 338 had been kids ages 9 and below, 4 of which had been improperly restrained.
“It solely takes two seconds to buckle your seat belt,” stated Transportation Secretary Jim Grey. “It’s a easy act, but it offers you one of the best probability of surviving a crash. Generally even probably the most attentive drivers are concerned in a crash attributable to different drivers, so buckling up ought to at all times be the very first thing you do when getting into a automobile.”
The NHTSA says a majority of unrestrained deaths happen throughout nighttime hours outlined as 6 p.m. to six a.m. In Kentucky final yr, 261 freeway deaths occurred at evening. Of these, 162 individuals who had been killed weren’t carrying seat belts.
“Kentucky State Police will companion with native regulation enforcement departments throughout the state to supply a excessive visibility enforcement effort,” stated KSP Commissioner Phillip Burnett, Jr.
“Our focus is about saving lives and making certain everybody makes it dwelling safely.”
To strengthen this message, greater than 80 regulation enforcement businesses all through Kentucky have participated within the Click on It or Ticket “Native Heroes” initiative.
In accordance with the NHTSA, when worn accurately, seat belts cut back the danger of demise by 45 % for front-seat automobile occupants and by 60 % for pickup truck, SUV and minivan occupants.
Correctly mounted seat belts contact the strongest components of the physique, such because the chest, hips and shoulders. A seat belt spreads the power of a crash over a large space of the physique, placing much less stress on anyone half, and permits the physique to decelerate with the crash, extending the time when the crash forces are felt by the occupant.