KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
KSP Joins Ohio and Michigan Officers to Participate in Commercial Vehicle Safety Blitz
Date of News Release: 05/18/09
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police will be participating in a joint special enforcement operation in cooperation with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Michigan State Police on Wednesday May 20, 2009, to increase patrol efforts for violations by commercial motor vehicles. These agencies will focus their efforts on I-75 through Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky.
These agencies will focus on specific violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) that deal with driver safety, such as proper logbook documentation and Commercial Driver's License credentials. Other targeted violations are state laws concerning moving violations by large trucks and passenger cars around large trucks that we know increase the risk of a crash involving the truck. These moving violations include speeding, following too close, and unsafe lane changes.
This year, as of May 17, Kentucky has recorded 29 highway deaths involving a commerical vehicle.
Through these multi-state efforts, the partnering states hope to raise the awareness among operators of large trucks and passenger cars of the safety benefits realized by operating within the established laws and regulations and to remove unsafe drivers and vehicles from the highway.