Click It or Ticket campaign is a success in 2012

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - More than 19,500 citations were given to motorists during this year's Click It or Ticket campaign.

"The goal of the Click It or Ticket campaign is not to write tickets, but to save lives," said Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock. "We want to educate the public on the importance of wearing a seat belt and to reduce deaths and injuries along our roadways. It's an extra benefit when traffic enforcement leads to criminal enforcement."

Officers made 1,103 drunken driving arrests, 1,392 felony arrests and 1,119 drug arrests. More than 50 stolen vehicles were recovered and more than 1,700 fugitives were taken into custody during the efforts and traffic safety checkpoints throughout Kentucky.

"We're pleased with the results of this year's Click It or Ticket campaign," said KOHS Director Bill Bell. "The partnership between all the agencies involved was tremendous. If one life was saved, it was well worth the effort."

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, last year 67 percent of people killed in motor vehicle crashes between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. were not wearing seatbelts. The campaign ran from May 21 to June 3 and was supported by more than 220 state and local law enforcement agencies.

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