It is undeniable that seat belts are the most effective safety feature available in vehicles today; but nearly one in five Americans still fail to regularly wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle.
• During 2012, there were 746 highway fatalities in Kentucky. Of those fatalities, 592 individuals were motor vehicle occupants - 322 (54.4%) were not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
• Approximately half of these lives could have been saved if they had been wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
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• Research shows there is a greater risk of being involved in a fatal crash at night as compared to the daytime, and that fewer people wear their seat belts at night than during the day.
• In Kentucky during 2012, 233 motor vehicle passengers died during nighttime hours. Of that number, 161 (69%) were not wearing seat belts.
While these may sound like just statistics, in reality these numbers are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles and friends of Kentuckians. Too many families are told about losses that may have been prevented had a loved one only worn a seat belt.
Click It or Ticket isn’t just a campaign slogan,
it’s a promise!