TFC Corey King
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 16, Henderson
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Post 16 Holiday Travel News Release
Date of News Release: 12/21/2007
(Henderson, KY) Holiday travel is upon us, and the Kentucky State Police will be stepping up patrols in an attempt to reduce traffic fatalities. Troopers and our law enforcement partners will be targeting impaired drivers, aggressive drivers, and careless drivers. Please don't let this joyous time of year end tragically.
Nine people lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during last year's three-day Christmas holiday reporting period. Eight of the people were not wearing their seat belts and two were a result of alcohol-related crashes.
KSP recommends the following while traveling this holiday season:
- Don't drive when you have consumed any substance that impairs your ability to operate a vehicle. Drivers under the age of twenty-one can be arrested for having a blood alcohol concentration of .02, which is lower than the .08 for other drivers over twenty-one years of age.
- Prescribed and over the counter medicines can impair your driving ability when used alone or with alcohol.
- Use a properly adjusted seat belt. The shoulder portion of the seat belt should never be worn behind or under the arm. A seat belt is your best defense against injury in a collision
- Children under 40 inches in height should be in a federally approved child safety seat. Read the manufacturers instruction to properly fit the seat to the child. Children between 40 inches and 4 feet 9 inches should be in a belt positioning booster seat.
- Buckle up. Your children need you.
- Children should not ride near an air bag.
- Obey the posted speed limit signs.
- A following distance of 3 seconds is recommended. Increase this distance when it is raining or snowing.
- Tap your brake lights when stopped in traffic. This could encourage an inattentive driver to stop or slow down.
- Use your turn signal; communicate with people traveling behind you, your intention to turn.
- Share the road. Commercial trucks and motorcycles have a unique set of issues. Commercial Vehicles have blind spots which prevent the operator from seeing smaller vehicles. Motorcycles produce a smaller profile than a passenger vehicle which makes them difficult to see.
- Drive with your vehicle headlights on. This will make your vehicle more visible.
- Maintain your vehicle. Brakes and tires are important components of your vehicle. Improperly maintain brakes can increase your stopping distance in an emergency brake application. Improperly inflated tires can cause a decrease in the vehicle's handling and be a contributing factor in a collision.
- Limit the use of driver distracting devices. Cell phones, GPS units, and portable DVD players are helpful; don't allow them to be a contributing factor in a collision.
- Drive defensively, Drive as though your life depends on it, because it does.
The following link is provided for your information. http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/posts/press/post_16_weekly_fatal_report.htm