Lincoln County Coroner Bill Demrow said that in his experience with fatal accidents, the benefits of wearing a seat belt far outweighed not buckling up. One benefit, Demrow said, is that drivers can walk away from an accident with bruises rather than be transported to the hospital with a concussion, or worse.
"Without the proper restraint, you are just a flying object in the car," said Demrow. "Often, they can fly through the windshield. I would much rather see injuries from the seatbelt rather than not."
KSP is also concerned with people wearing seatbelts. Sunday evening marks the end of a 18-day campaign, "Buckle up - It's the Law and It's Enforced". Anyone caught not wearing a seatbelt, or with children not in proper restraints, were fined.
Seatbelt use becomes more important as road conditions deteriorate with rain and snow. As with the road conditions on Thanksgiving Day and Saturday, slippery surfaces was the top environmental factor in fatal accidents this year.
The top human factors cited in accident reports include failure to keep the vehicle under proper control and alcohol use. Through Nov. 1, 6,481 accidents have been caused by drugs or alcohol, leaving 2,852 people dead or injured, according to KSP.
Anyone may report a drunken driver to KSP on its D.U.I. hotline, 1-800-222-5555.
While no one likes to be pulled over during the holidays, police say they are doing their part to see everyone arrive to their destinations safely.
In Boyle County, the sheriff's office has a similar wish this travel season, for "everybody to have a safe and happy holidays," said Hardin.