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'Click It or Ticket' turns up more than seat belt offenders

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By The Staff

Fugitives, drunken drivers and people with stolen vehicles were among those detected and cited in this year's Click It or Ticket enforcement effort, coordinated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and supported by more than 300 police agencies statewide.

The main objective of Click It or Ticket is enforcement of Kentucky's seat belt law, and more than 20,500 people were cited for not being buckled up, according to reports from participating law enforcement agencies.

But officers who manned 883 checkpoints throughout the state also detected other types of crimes.

Officers made 1,594 drunken driving arrests, 1,246 felony arrests, and 1,581 drug arrests. They recovered 76 stolen vehicles and apprehended 1,312 fugitives. They also cited 15,460 people for speeding and 6,574 people for having no proof of automobile insurance.

Traffic safety checkpoints were conducted throughout Kentucky during a two-week mobilization May 19 through June 1. Those not buckled up or in violation of other laws received a citation. But those who were buckled received a different kind of ticket - a "Click It FOR Tickets" voucher, which allowed them to register to win a set of six tickets to the Kentucky Speedway.

Winners were David Bourgeois of Eddyville, Kim Angelia Coleman of Albany, Kim Parker of Georgetown, Jeffery Stack of Lexington, Tammy Kirkpatrick of Hawesville and James Gibbs of Salt Lick.