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Holiday Driving

Date of News Release: 11/21/2007

(Henderson, KY) - This year there have been 42 men, women, and children who have lost their lives in traffic collisions in the Post 16 District. 18 of the 42 people killed were not wearing a seatbelt. 11 of the 42 were wearing a seatbelt. There have been (7) motorcyclist killed. (4) were wearing a helmet, and (3) were not. (4) ATV riders have been killed. All (4) were not wearing a helmet. There have been (6) alcohol related collision. The total number of fatalities in the Post 16 district for the entire year of 2006 was 34. Although the numbers of fatalities has increased, the numbers of collisions have gone down.

Last year there were 15 fatalities on Kentucky Roads during the Thanksgiving Holiday period. As a result law enforcement agencies across our district will increase traffic patrols and safety checkpoints. The holiday enforcement period begins at 6:00 PM today, and will end on Sunday, November 25.

The next 40 days will be an extremely busy time on our highways. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years are times for celebration. Please don't let this time of friends, family, and fellowship end tragically.

Here are some tips. If you are going to consume any substance that impairs your driving ability then plan ahead and have a sober person drive. Hold your speed down. Increase the speed and increase the severity of the collision. Inattention and not being in control of your vehicle are lead contributing factors in collisions. Always buckle your babies in a federally approved child safety seat if they are less than 40 inches. Children over 40 inches in height and under 4 feet 9 inches should be in a belt positioning booster seat. Buckle up our babies need us. The shoulder portion of the seatbelt should not be worn behind the back or under your arm. In a crash the seatbelt not worn properly could break a rib and puncture the lungs or heart. A drowsy driver is as dangerous as a drunk driver. Please get enough sleep when traveling for an extended period of time. Remember when following another vehicle leave a 3 second space between you and the vehicle you are following. This space should give you enough time and distance to perceive and react to an emergency. Stop at the Stop signs and Stop Lights. The extra second or two you are stopped gives you the time necessary to observe any approaching dangers. If you are not familiar with the road you are traveling on, slow down. You may become acquainted with a ditch you did not know was there. Avoid driving while distracted. Using a cell phone, changing a CD, or eating may cause you to miss that deadly danger that could end your life or the life of a loved one. Check your tire pressure. A low tire could cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Avoid using your cruise control in the rain and the snow. This can also cause you to lose control of your vehicle. It is far better to maintain control of your vehicle than to fight for it once it is lost.

Please remember those who have died on our roadways. There are worse things than receiving a citation or going to jail.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety during this holiday season by reporting drivers who don't buckle up their babies, speeding drivers, and impaired drivers to their local law enforcement agency. You can contact the Kentucky State Police by calling toll-free 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers can remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license plate if possible.

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