(Leitchfield, KY) – The Leitchfield Police Department cited 26 people Monday, May 20, 2013; the first day of the Click It or Ticket! campaign.
That’s according to Leitchfield Police Chief Kevin Henderson, as he spoke to the Leitchfield City Council Monday evening, during their regular monthly meeting. Henderson made mention of an accident that occurred on St. Paul Road earlier that day, where a man was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the car, and was flown to a Louisville hospital.
In a press release sent to media from the LPD, the statement said 746 people were killed on Kentucky’s roadways in 2012, of those killed 592 were motor vehicle fatalities, and 62.5% of those victims were not wearing a seat belt.
“While those may sound like just statistics, those of us at the Leitchfield Police Department know from personal experience that those numbers are the actual faces of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles and friends right here in Kentucky. We tell too many families about losses that may have been prevented had a loved one only worn a seat belt,” stated the release.
Henderson said many times officers are asked, “Aren’t there more serious criminals on the streets other than those who simply are not buckling up? They’re not hurting anyone but themselves.” But he said that’s simply not true. When a person chooses to disobey the law and not wear a seat belt, they take a chance with not only their lives, but they are also chancing the emotional and financial health of their families, friends and community.
The Click It and Ticket! Campaign will continue until June 1, 2013.