Date of News Release: 7/14/2017
MAYFIELD, Ky. (July 12, 2017) – Trooper Nathan Clinkenbeard received the Governor’s Occupant Protection Award for KSP Post 1 today in Lexington. Law Enforcement Officers from across the Commonwealth, representing 122 different agencies, were honored today for their efforts to increase the use of seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles. The awards ceremony was coordinated by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS).
“These officers, their departments and agencies render a great service for public safety by enforcing our occupant protection laws,” KOHS Executive Director Noelle Hunter said before presenting the awards. “It comes down to this: Officers would rather write a seat belt or car restraint citation than make a death notification.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts, when worn correctly, are proven to reduce the risk of fatal injuries to front-seat occupants by 45 percent – and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans. Also according to NHTSA, a properly installed, belt-positioning booster seat lowers the risk of injury to children by nearly 60 percent, compared with seat belts alone.
“We continue to see improvement, and I applaud Kentucky’s efforts to raise awareness and increase enforcement of this life-saving measure,” said Dr. Beth Baker, Regional Administrator for NHTSA. “Writing citations is not a strategy designed to increase arrests; in fact, it may yield in decreased citation counts over time, which is our goal.”