CPD issues 81 seat belt citations during campaign

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By Becky Barnes

Eighty-one seat belt citations were issued during the  Click It or Ticket campaign May 18-31 in Cynthiana.

According to Sgt. Wilbur Gross, the state’s mini grant allowed for about 34 hours of overtime for the Cynthiana Police Department to concentrate on seat belt violations.

During this period, officers also issued citations and warnings for two child safety restraints, four suspended licenses, five no insurance, three speeding and 15 other violations that included infractions such as no registration and improper take off.

Gross said the CPD has been the recipient of the state’s Highway Safety Department mini grants in past years. However, he said due to the shortage of officers it had been difficult to concentrate on those areas.

“It went pretty good,” Gross said of this year’s campaign. “Driving around, it seems like more people are buckling up. I hope it doesn’t take a blitz to make people aware of the importance of seat belt use.”

In 2008, Kentucky recorded 826 fatalities in which 55 percent were not wearing seat belts, Gross said.

Up to May 13 of this year, there have been 271 fatal accidents; again with only 55 percent of those buckled up. This time last year there had been 10 fewer traffic fatalities.

Gross said that according to a Cynthiana seat belt survey, only 37 percent of those surveyed wear seat belts.