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 Driving Through Greenville? Buckle up or Else!

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (05/17/15) – Motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts – beware. Greenville Police Department is joining the 2015 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization on May 18 to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.

“As motorists take to the roads to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend, we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” Chief Darren Harvey said. “We’ll be out in force – day and night – prepared to ticket anyone not wearing a seat belt.”

There were 672 total highway fatalities in Kentucky in 2014, with 521 killed in motor vehicles. Of those 521 fatalities, 61 percent (319) were not wearing a seat belt.

“There are too many people dying on our roads,” Chief Darren Harvey said. “Many of those lives could have been saved with the simple snap of a seat belt, or by placing a child in a car seat or booster.”

Also according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, booster seats lower the risk of injury to children by 60 percent compared to the use of seat belts alone.

Kentucky’s booster seat law was enhanced in 2015 to increase the height requirement to 57 inches and the age requirement to 8 years old. Children younger than 8 but taller than 57 inches will not have to ride in a booster seat.

For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

Greenville Police Department will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints in various locations throughout the city. Officers will be observing for impaired drivers along with other traffic violations. These traffic safety checkpoints are part of the department's traffic enforcement campaign aimed at reducing the amount of injury collisions in the city. As a reminder, citizens are encouraged to obey all traffic laws, wear seat belts, and properly restrain all children in booster seats and child restraints.

These checkpoints will be conducted at one of the following pre-approved locations:

KY 189 Bypass and Crittenden Drive

KY 189 Bypass and Depot Street

KY 189 Bypass and Greene Drive

KY 189 Bypass and Spartan Drive

KY 189 Bypass and Cessna Road

KY 189 Bypass and US 62 N.

Main Street and Spartan Drive

N. Main Street and Depot Street

N. Main Street and Wilson Street

East Main Cross and Pritchett Drive

Main Street and Main Cross

S. Main Street and Hopkinsville Street

S. Main Street and Pritchett Drive

East Main Cross at City Limits

East Depot Street and College Street

East Depot Street and Paradise Street

West Depot Street and Cherry Street

West Depot Street and Outer York Street

Hopkinsville Street and Sunset Drive

Hopkinsville Street and KY 171

KY 171 and Snow Hill

KY 171 and Country Lane Drive

West Main Cross and Cherry Street

West Main Cross and HC Mathis Drive

Highland Drive and Wilson Street

N. Cherry Street and Wilson Street

KY 181 and KY 601

Information provided by Wes Miller (Greenville Police Dept.)
Posted byJ.L. Graham
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