Trooper Jody Sims
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 13, Hazard
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Post 13 Operation K.S.P.
Date of News Release: 06/21/2010
(Hazard, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police have kicked off their statewide summer enforcement campaign called "Operation K.S.P" (Kentucky Summer Prevention Plan). The enforcement campaign began Tuesday June 1st at 1800 hours and will conclude at midnight Monday September 6, 2010. The Kentucky State Police post in Hazard held a press conference on Monday, June 21, 2010 to inform the public about the campaign and what the goals of the Kentucky State Police are during this time period.
The campaign will include over 1,000 safety checkpoints statewide. This initiative is a concerted effort to reduce the injury and fatality rates across the Commonwealth. This increased stationary enforcement strategy will also result in cost savings to the agency by reducing fuel consumption.
"Last year between June 1st and September 6th in the Post 13 area, there were five fatalities. Through this campaign we want that number reduced. Our goal in this post district this year is to not have any fatalities" stated Post Commander Captain Scott Miller.
Captain Miller also wanted to make the public aware of their own responsibilities. "Ultimately road safety begins with the driver. I want to encourage everyone to make sure that their automobiles are maintained properly and are safe for the roadway. I also want to discourage people from driving while distracted. During this same time last year there were 126 crashes in the Post 13 district which were attributed to distracted driving. Two of these crashes resulted in a fatality. If drivers can make sure that they are well rested before traveling and avoid doing things such as texting while driving, this can also make an impact in reducing the number of crashes".
The Kentucky State Police will be joining with other local law enforcement agencies to make the Operation K.S.P. campaign successful. Captain Miller reinforced the importance of the combined effort between the public and law enforcement, "Enforcement is just one aspect of this campaign. We want to educate people on the importance of wearing their seat belts and not driving while distracted. If the public is making an effort to drive more safely then we have already made the first step. This along with the concentrated efforts on the part of law enforcement and higher visibility we hope to make the roadways safer."