Paducah Officer Honored for Seat Belt Enforcement
By West Kentucky Star Staff
LOUISVILLE, KY - The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety honored law enforcement officers from 122 agencies across Kentucky for their efforts to increase the use of seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles.

Paducah Police Officer Melissa Dillon was recognized as a division leader, receiving a highway safety coin and was presented with an encased commemorative baseball bat from Louisville Slugger, a Kentucky historic industry leader.  

According to the NHTSA, seat belts, when worn correctly, are proven to reduce the risk of fatal injuries to front-seat occupants by 45 percent – and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans. Also according to NHTSA, a properly installed, belt-positioning booster seat lowers the risk of injury to children by nearly 60 percent, compared with seat belts alone.

With the passage of the primary law, Kentucky's seat belt usage rate increased from 67 percent in 2006 to 86.5 percent in 2016. The national seat belt usage rate is 90.1 percent.

Published 05:50 AM, Thursday Jul. 13, 2017
Updated 04:44 PM, Tuesday Jul. 18, 2017

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