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Safety Blitz aimed at US. 421 Corridor

Date of News Release: 03/01/2005

MANCHESTER, KY ---(March 1, 2005)- The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Division of Driver Safety and Traffic Operations is coordinating a Highway Safety Program along the US 421 Corridor in Jackson, Clay, Leslie and Harlan Counties to reduce vehicle crashes, fatalities and injuries. The US 421 Corridor has been designated as one of 13 corridors throughout the state as high crash areas.

Drive Smart visual speed radar units will be placed along the corridor in each county beginning March 7. The portable units are intended to remind motorists to be aware of their speed and comply with the posted speed limit.

An Operation Drive Smart Blitz involving state and local law enforcement agencies is planned the week of March 14, to reduce the contributing factors involved in vehicle crashes such as speeding, improper passing and other aggressive, reckless and moving hazardous traffic violations. Other violations relating to seatbelts, child passenger safety and expired or no liability insurance as well as equipment violations will be strictly enforced.

Radio Public Service Announcements have been developed for the counties with state police encouraging the community to buckle-up and comply with all traffic laws. The goal of the highway safety program is to save lives, reduce fatalities, injuries and property damage crashes on Kentucky's highways.

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