TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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P.A.S.S. Program (Public, Awareness, Safe, Schools)
Date of News Release: 02/13/2007
(HICKORY, KY.) The Kentucky State Police has recently been awarded a highway safety grant through the Governor´s Highway Safety Program to initiate the P.A.S.S. Program (Public, Awareness, Safe, Schools). This endeavor allows the Kentucky State Police to once again take the lead in "Securing Kentucky´s Future" through the implementation of a statewide School Zone Safety Campaign.
The initial phase of the P.A.S.S. program will begin on February 14, 2007 and end on March 13, 2007. Post One trooper´s will be working school zones at the Livingston County High School, South Livingston Elementary School, Farmington Elementary School, Marshall County High School, North Marshall Middle School, East Calloway Elementary School, Carlisle County Schools, and Fulton County High School. Priority was given to school zones whose regular speed limit is 55mph before and after the school zone flashing lights is activated. The initial phase of the program will consist of trooper´s collecting data through speed detection without enforcement. This data will establish a pre-enforcement traffic pattern for each targeted school zone.
The second phase will begin on March 14, 2007 and end on April 10, 2007. This phase will consist of enforcement action in the identified school zones. Trooper´s will use traditional patrol in the school zones during pre-determined times and dates to target speeder´s, seat belt´s and other moving violations.
The third and final phase will start on April 11, 2007 and end on May 8, 2007. This phase will again consist of trooper´s collecting data through speed detection without enforcement. A comparative analysis will be conducted to determine the effectiveness of the "High Visibility Enforcement" actions.
The education and safety of Kentucky´s future drivers is clearly a responsibility for the Kentucky State Police. In 2005 elementary age kids, age 6-12, were involved in a total of 7,933 vehicle collisions, 1,879 of which resulted in injuries and account for 21 of the 985 persons killed. Kentucky State Police Post One personnel want to remind drivers traveling through school zones to reduce your speed during the appropriate times and always buckle your seat belt. State Law also requires drivers to place children 40 inches or less in an approved child restraint seat.