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Lexington police check speed and seat belts, 1992

Posted on May 23, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Lexington police officer Eric Garner ran a radar display during rush hour on May 18, 1992, on South Broadway in Lexington. Police operated speed-display boards on various streets throughout Fayette County for several days as part of a national traffic-safety campaign called “Buckle up to avoid the summertime blues.” The boards used radar to show speeds for passing motorists on a red digital display. Tickets might have been issued to speeders, but officer Mitchell Smith said the boards primarily were used as “an attempt to remind the motorists to be aware of the speed limit.” Smith said police would be cracking down on speeders in an attempt to enforce the county’s seat belt ordinance, which can be enforced only if the driver is being stopped for another offense. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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