Kentuckians are reminded to buckle up and properly secure children in car seats or boosters during the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which now runs through this coming Sunday night.
State officials say of the 744 roadway deaths last year in Kentucky, 512 were occupants of motor vehicles. Of those killed in motor vehicle crashes, 52 percent were either not wearing a seat belt or were not properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat. Seven of the 512 were children ages nine and under. One of the seven was improperly restrained.
Despite the low traffic volume, fatal crashes are three times higher nationwide at nighttime versus daytime, federal statistics show. Of the 512 occupants killed in motor vehicle crashes in Kentucky last year, 220 occurred at night. Of those, 126 were unrestrained.