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Kentucky Law Enforcement Turns on the Blue Lights to Promote Summer Traffic Safety

Date of News Release: 06/30/2006

An image of Gen. Norman Arflack, Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, announced Friday the start of the Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass highway safety campaign, which runs through July. Click here to enlarge for larger imageFRANKFORT, KY: Justice Cabinet Secretary General Norman E. Arflack along with several law enforcement officials across the state today announce the Commonwealth's upcoming summer traffic safety campaign, "Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass." The campaign will run from July 1 through July 31, 2006.

"July 1 to 31 last year, there were 10,617 vehicle collisions. Six hundred ninety-three involved exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for road conditions. Six hundred seven collisions involved alcohol. More than 4,000 people were injured and 85 people died," said Justice Cabinet Secretary and Acting KSP Commissioner, Norman E. Arflack. "The presence today of state and local police agencies from across this Commonwealth demonstrates the kind of dedication and commitment it will take to try and keep our roadways safer."

"Summer is the peak travel season and we need to increase driver safety awareness," said Kentucky State Police Lt. Eric Walker, commander of the Governor's Highway Safety Program. "I want the public to know police will be conducting checkpoints and concentrated patrols will be active on interstates, secondary corridors and local highways, especially high-crash locations. Law enforcement officers will not hesitate to stop motorists who are speeding, not buckled up or suspected of driving under the influence. It's a matter of protecting the public and saving lives."

A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that more motor vehicle deaths occur on July 4 than any other day of the year. July 2 and 3 are also among the ten deadliest days on the U.S. roadways. The mobilization will focus on speeding, impaired driving and failure to use safety belts. These three behaviors are among the top causes of fatalities and serious injuries in traffic crashes.

"The public's best protection -- and sometimes only protection -- on the roadway is their safety belt," said Arflack. "I urge Kentucky citizens to do their part. Please buckle up, drive safely and be mindful of others on the road."

Also speaking in support of "Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass" were Henderson Police Chief Ed Brady, president of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, Harrison County Sheriff Bruce Hampton, president of the Kentucky Sheriffs' Association and Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Commissioner Greg Howard.

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