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Hands Across the Border 2006

Date of News Release: 06/06/06

Released on 5/16/06

An image of the Hands Across the Border, click here to go to the picture page(I-65, Tennessee Welcome Center) - A joint press conference with the Kentucky Governor's Highway Safety Program and the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office was held at the Tennessee Welcome Center on I-65 just south of Franklin, Kentucky on Monday, May 15, 2006 at 10:00 am. The press conference was conducted to announce the "Hands Across the Border" enforcement imitative and was attended by state and local law enforcement agencies from both states.

Featured speakers at the press conference were Colonel Walker, Commander of the Tennessee Highway Patrol; Kendell Poole, Director of the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office, and Lt. Colonel Dean Hayes, Director of Operations for the Kentucky State Police. Tennessee law enforcement agencies in attendance were: Tennessee Highway Patrol, Robertson County Sheriff's Office, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Franklin Police Department, Millersville Police Department, and Smyrna Police Department. Kentucky law enforcement agencies in attendance were: Kentucky State Police, Simpson County Sheriff's Office, Franklin Police Department, and Fort Campbell Military Police.

The "Hands Across the Border" enforcement initiative is part of an enforcement effort for the "Buckle Up in Your Truck" and "Buckle Up Kentucky - It's the Law & It's Enforced" Mobilizations, May 14 through June 4, 2006. This endeavor sends an important message to the motoring public. We are working with one purpose, one mission and one goal.to reduce injuries and fatalities on our roadways, regardless of jurisdictional boundaries.

Traffic safety checkpoints are being held on both sides of these state lines, simultaneously to remove impaired drivers from the roadways, to increase the use of safety belts and to ensure vehicles are mechanically sound and the operators have valid insurance. During the past week, the Kentucky State Police partnered with officials from Tennessee as well as local departments on both sides of the state lines to provide seamless enforcement of the laws.

Kentucky's current seatbelt usage rate stands at 66.7%. 15 points below the national average. Our goal, through this campaign, is to increase the usage rate and we know we will see, as a direct result of this increase, a decrease in injuries and fatalities on our roadways.

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