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As we approach Memorial Day weekend, many of us are gearing up for trips, family gatherings, and celebrations. However, it’s also a time to emphasize the critical importance of road safety. At Kaiman and Crahan, we want to remind everyone about the life-saving benefits of wearing seatbelts.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign, launched by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), serves as a vital reminder of the role seatbelts play in keeping us safe on the road. Here’s why buckling up should be a non-negotiable part of your travel plans this holiday weekend.

Why Seatbelt Use is Crucial

1. Reduces Risk of Fatalities

Research consistently shows that seatbelts are one of the most effective ways to save lives in crashes. According to KOHS, seatbelts can reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50%. For light-truck occupants, seatbelts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60%.

2. Prevents Ejection from Vehicle

One of the most dangerous scenarios in a crash is being ejected from the vehicle. Seatbelts are designed to keep occupants inside the car, significantly lowering the chances of severe injury or death. Without a seatbelt, you are 30 times more likely to be ejected during a crash.

3. Compliance with Law

In Kentucky, seatbelt use is not just a recommendation—it’s the law. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign underscores the enforcement of seatbelt laws, with increased patrols and checkpoints to ensure compliance. Failing to wear a seatbelt can result in fines and other penalties.

The “Click It or Ticket” Campaign

The KOHS’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign runs through Memorial Day weekend, a period when road travel typically spikes. This campaign involves heightened law enforcement efforts to ensure all drivers and passengers are buckled up. The primary goal is to prevent injuries and save lives.

Enforcement Details

Law enforcement agencies across Kentucky will be stepping up their efforts to catch those who aren’t wearing seatbelts. This includes:

  • Increased patrols
  • Seatbelt checkpoints
  • Zero tolerance for seatbelt violations

Tips for Ensuring Safety

To make sure you and your loved ones stay safe this Memorial Day weekend, follow these simple tips:

  • Always buckle up: Make it a habit to fasten your seatbelt every time you get into a vehicle.
  • Check for others: Ensure all passengers, including children, are properly secured.
  • Stay sober: Avoid driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Avoid distractions: Keep your focus on the road and avoid using phones or other distractions while driving.

Final Thoughts

Memorial Day weekend should be a time of joy and remembrance, not tragedy. By committing to wearing your seatbelt, you are taking a simple yet powerful step toward ensuring your safety and the safety of others on the road.

At Kaiman and Crahan, we encourage everyone to heed the “Click It or Ticket” campaign’s message and make seatbelt use a priority. Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

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