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Special Enforcement Grant Designated Towards School Zones

Date of News Release: 02/15/2007

(Ashland, Ky) The Kentucky State Police have recently been awarded a grant through the Governor's Highway Safety Program to initiate the P.A.S.S. (Public, Awareness, Safe, Schools) program. This endeavor allows troopers at KSP Post 14 to once again take the lead in "securing Kentucky´s future" through the implementation of a statewide school zone safety campaign.

The education and safety of Kentucky's future drivers is clearly a responsibility for the KSP. The P.A.S.S. program will begin instilling safety consciousness in Kentucky's youth during impressionable years from ages 8-15. Additionally, the P.A.S.S. program will provide troopers at Post 14 an opportunity to increase seatbelt usage by modifying driver behavior through high visibility enforcement.

Two school zones have been selected in our area for this enforcement. Star Elementary on US 60 in Grayson, KY and McKell Elementary on US 23 in South Shore, KY are both in 55 MPH speed zones with a large volume of daily traffic flow.

The program will be administered in three phases:

Phase I will begin February 14th through March 13th 2007: Troopers will be assigned to the two designated school zones and will collect speed data with a special radar unit that stores and collects speed data.

Phase II will begin March 14th through April 10th, 2007: Troopers will be assigned to the same school zones and will be enforcing the school zone speed limits by issuing citations and courtesy notices for violators.

Phase III will begin on April 11th and conclude on May 8th, 2007: Troopers will be assigned to the two designated school zones and will collect speed data with a special radar unit that stores and collects speed data.

CPT Cross, Commander at KSP Post 14 Ashland has placed special emphasis on traffic safety in the four county regions of Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lawrence. " One of our major goals at Post 14 is to increase seat belt usage among ALL motorists and increase traffic enforcement in order to save lives".

Anyone with questions relating to this Kentucky State Police / Highway Safety initiative can contact the Public Affairs Officer at KSP Post 14 at 1-877-416-1208 or 606-928-6421.

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