In 2001, Kentucky traffic crashes were responsible for 850 fatalities and over 50,000 injuries. Many of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented if the victims had been properly restrained.

In an effort to save lives and reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries on our roadways this year, the Governor's Coalition for Highway Safety has launched Buckle Up Kentucky in conjunction with the national Operation America Buckles Up Children Mobilization.

Through this initiative, state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies will patrol and conduct traffic safety checkpoints in high crash locations to enforce Kentucky's traffic laws with special emphasis on occupant protection. There will be ZERO TOLERANCE for those who fail to restrain their child passengers.

If you are among those Kentuckians who don't regularly buckle up yourself or children, just remember, do it for those you love.

Kentucky is serious. We're going to save lives.

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