FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) -- Law enforcement agencies are gearing up for the Memorial Day weekend with two safety campaigns, “Click It or Ticket” and “Move Over.”
“We cannot overstate the importance of wearing a seat belt,” Jason Siwula, Kentucky Office of Highway Safety Acting Executive Director. “It’s the law, but it’s more than that. By far, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life if involved a crash.”
Nationwide in 2017, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,955 lives of occupants 5 and older. From 2013–2017, belt use is estimated to have saved almost 70,000 lives.
New to the region’s Click it or Ticket campaign this year, which runs now through June 2, is a reminder of the dangers first responders and roadway workers face while stopped on the roadways. May 16 has been designated as “Move Over Day.”
Kentucky passed a Move Over Law in 2003, and while all 50 states have similar legislation, very few people know these laws exist, according to Siwula.
Kentucky requires motorists to move over to the adjacent lane when approaching an emergency vehicle or public safety vehicle with flashing lights. If changing lanes is impossible or unsafe, motorists must slow down and use caution. Failure to do so can result in fines, jail time or both.
“Imagine trying to do your job as vehicles fly past you at alarming speeds,” said Kentucky State Police Sergeant Josh Lawson. “Giving law enforcement the space we need allows us to do our job safely and effectively.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic-related fatalities are the leading cause of law enforcement deaths. So far this year, 14 law enforcement officers have been killed in traffic-related crashes.
“While we always watch for any moving traffic violations, we’re providing extra patrols on May 16 to help bring awareness to this issue,” Lawson said. “All we ask is that drivers obey the Move Over law to keep everyone safe.”