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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

'Operation Safe C.H.E.C.K.' - KSP'S Fuel Reduction Strategy Shows Success

Date of News Release: 09/16/08

An image of Trooper Chris Masters, KSP Post 12 checking registration and insurance of motorist during Operation Safe C.H.E.C.K., click to enlarge in a new window(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer introduced a fuel conservation enforcement campaign in July to counteract rising fuel expenses for the agency. The strategy was titled Operation Safe C.H.E.C.K. (Concentrated Highway Enforcement Checkpoints in Kentucky).

The goal of the campaign was to reduce the number of roving patrols while increasing high visibility enforcement, in an effort to deter motor vehicle crashes while conserving fuel.

"Earlier this summer, I challenged the Posts to reduce the number of roving patrols and increase stationary patrols by coordinating 200 safety road checks. Not only did they embrace the concept, they exceeded the goal by conducting 1,103 safety road checks statewide," said Brewer.

"To maximize the effectiveness of the campaign, Post Commanders utilized KSP technology to pinpoint high crash zones in each post area and then established stationary safety checkpoints accordingly," said Brewer.

KSP data shows that between July 1 and September 1, the agency conducted 1,103 safety checkpoints resulting in:
342 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests
405 seat belt violations
120 child restraint violations
129 drug arrests
254 suspended license violations
4 stolen vehicles recovered
422 other arrests
35,985 vehicle safety inspections

Initial data indicates that the uniformed patrol fleet reduced fuel usage by 3,770 gallons during the two-month campaign (compared to the same time period in 2007). Operation Safe C.H.E.C.K. saved the agency $14,000 in fuel costs.

Although Brewer was pleased with the results, he indicated the agency will remain vigilant in reducing operational costs.

"Regardless of fuel costs, we will continue to provide protection to the Commonwealth while seeking alternative methods to reduce fuel consumption," remarked Brewer.

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