State troopers cracking down on seat belt usage


Reporter: Mychaela Bruner
Photographer: David Dycus

TRIGG COUNTY, Ky—Kentucky State Police are launching a holiday enforcement drive to help keep you and your family safe on the roads.  Troopers are looking at data to see where crashes happen most often.

A new enforcement campaign known as "Operation Holiday Lights: All Night, Every Night" will increase patrols in problem areas.  Troopers are also cracking down on seat belt usage and child restraints.
Nearly 53 percent of drivers killed last year were not wearing seat belts. State troopers hope this enforcement campaign will reduce deaths and keep you and your family safe.
For five years, Clinkenbeard has dedicated his time to patrolling roadways and helping reduce accidents.
"It has always been a dream of mine to wear the gray uniform and just go out there and help people and make society a better place," said Clinkenbeard.
As a state trooper, he is participating in the state-wide campaign operation, "Holiday Lights: All Night, Every Night.  His main concern is seat belt safety.
He has issued more than 700 seat belt citations in one year and plans to keep drivers safe. 
"We have several designated areas in each county that have high crash zones and a lot of traffic fatalities, we're going to set up in those areas at night and try to reduce that number," said Clinkenbeard.
It is a mission Clinkenbeard stands by.
"I'm just doing my job and I know it could potentially be saving his or her life by issuing that citation," said Clinkenbeard.
A small price to pay to help make roads safer.  A seat belt citation will run about about 25 dollars.  The campaign "Operation Holiday Lights: All Night, Every Night" will run through midnight January 1st of 2014.