KENTUCKY (KFVS) - The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety honored 141 officers Wednesday for their efforts to increase the use of seat belts and child restraints.
The 2011 Governor's Occupant Protection Awards Ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Lexington, Ky. Awards were presented to officers with the most occupant protection citations in each agency and division.
“Despite a wealth of data showing that seat belts and child restraints save lives, each year hundreds of unrestrained motorists lose their lives on Kentucky roadways,” said State Highway Engineer Steve Waddle, who presented the awards. “These officers, their departments and agencies render a great service for public safety by enforcing our occupant protection laws."
According to the Kentucky State Police, there were 760 total highway fatalities in Kentucky in 2010 with 598 killed in motor vehicles.