Kentucky Seatbelt Law Effective Monday

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A primary seatbelt law passed in Kentucky in July officially goes into effect on Monday, Jan. 1.

For the last five months Kentucky drivers caught not wearing their seatbelts weren't given a ticket.

"Everybody's been giving courtesy notices anytime somebody was seen not wearing their seatbelt if they were stopped," said Trooper Cory Buckner of the Kentucky State Police.

That will now change.

"There will be no more courtesy notices after the first," Buckner said.

Up until now if you weren't buckled police would issue a citation. Now if you or your passengers don't click it, the driver will get the ticket.

"Jan. 1 starts the first day of the primary enforcement of the seatbelt law which means that pulling somebody over for a seatbelt violation can be the only reason why you're stopped," Buckner said.

Buckner said since July, the Bowling Green Post has already given out many courtesy notices for drivers not wearing seatbelts.

During this time, he said KSP has also noticed less car fatalities than usual. He's hoping there's a correlation there that will continue with the seatbelt law going into effect.

"Seatbelts keep a minor accident from turning into a major accident. Occupant safety is paramount to our job of keeping people safe, and by wearing their seatbelt they decrease their likelihood of getting injured or even worse killed in a vehicle accident," Buckner said.

"I'm hoping that people will remember and regardless of the fact that they can get a citation, I hope that they buckle up just for the fact to keep themselves safe," Buckner said.

Research from the University of Kentucky Transportation Center have projected that the primary seatbelt law will lead to at least 62 fewer fatalities per year and 388 fewer crippling spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.

To view more information concerning the new law, click here.

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