Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 16, 2014

‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign launched

Huntington — Law-enforcement agencies from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia on Friday announced a major “border to border” offensive aimed at increasing seat-belt usage and cracking down on those who violate safety bel laws.

Officers and highway safety officials had a news conference to announce the “Click it or Ticket” campaign at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards Football Stadium.

The campaigns begin on different days in each of the states involved. However, the most visible event will be from 6 to 10 p.m. on Monday. During that time, officers across the three states will target motorists who aren’t wearing seat belts and who don’t have children properly secured in their vehicles.

Not wearing seat belts is now a primary offense in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, meaning police can stop motorists for that reason alone.

The goal of the highway safety offices in the three states and of the Tri-State Law Enforcement Council is to increase the seat belt usage rate to 90 percent heading into the period known as “the 100 deadly days of summer.” Authorities also want to make sure  people buckle up when they take to the roads to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend.

The “Click it or Ticket” campaign is funded by the three states’ highway offices and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Last year, there were 10,700 seat belt citations issued in West Virginia, more than 92,000 in Kentucky and more than 100,000 in Ohio, according to statistics.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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