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Police cite 23,000 through seat belt campaign

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More than 250 law enforcement agencies participated in statewide effort.

By The Staff

The totals are in. This year's Click It or Ticket enforcement effort, coordinated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Office of Highway Safety, cited 23,253 motorists for not buckling up. 

The annual campaign, supported by more than 250 local law enforcement agencies and Kentucky State Police, took place May 18-31.

The campaign's main objective is to encourage seat belt usage through enforcement of Kentucky's seat belt law. In the process, officers at 908 checkpoints throughout the commonwealth also made 1,406 drunken driving arrests, 1,118 felony arrests and 1,358 drug arrests. They recovered 61 stolen vehicles and apprehended 1,523 fugitives. They also cited 11,505 drivers for speeding and 6,724 people for having no proof of automobile insurance.

For more on this story and others, see Thursday's print edition.