What is Local Heroes?
Local Heroes is a community-centered, multimedia initiative featuring law enforcement officers from state, city and county agencies in Kentucky. The goal is to show the motoring public that officers care about their community and would rather write a ticket than make a death notification. Local Heroes complements the national Click It or Ticket seat belt awareness and enforcement campaign.
How are counties targeted for the Local Heroes?
The 2017 pilot phase identified 10 counties with the lowest seat belt usage rate and/or a higher-than-average number of unrestrained collisions, injuries and fatalities. Data in 2018 expanded to include counties with an overrepresentation of unrestrained collisions, injuries or fatalities compared to population and the number of unrestrained driver at-fault collisions by county of residence.
Why are seat belts important?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), when worn correctly, seat belts are proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45 percent and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans.
Click here for NHTSA's Seat Belt Information