TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Kentucky State Police Rollout Summer Enforcement Initiative
Date of News Release: 06/28/2010
(Hickory, KY) – Kentucky State Police are currently in the midst of a concentrated enforcement effort which targets inattentive and reckless driving on Kentucky Highways. This concerted effort is known as Operation KSP (Kentucky Summer Prevention plan). From now through September 6th, Troopers all across the Commonwealth have been directed to be highly vigilant in detecting driving habits which have shown a history of causing serious injury and deadly collisions. This enforcement effort began on June 1st.
Last year a total of 226 lives were lost on Kentucky roadways during the period of June 1st through September 6th. This number is even more staggering when discovered that the majority of the deaths could have been prevented by practicing safer driving habits. Simple practices such as having plenty of rest prior to traveling can result in a safer trip for motorists. Also, limiting driving distractions like cell phone use can greatly reduce the possibility of a collision for the traveling public.
In an effort to reduce injury and fatal collisions this summer, Troopers all over Kentucky will conduct over 1,000 safety checkpoints. These traffic safety checkpoints will assist Troopers in detecting unsafe driving habits as well as impaired drivers. All vehicle occupants traveling on Kentucky Highways are reminded that Kentucky has a primary seatbelt law which requires everyone in a vehicle to be restrained by a seatbelt, child safety restraint, or child booster seat. Troopers will also conduct saturated patrols in high crash areas observing for speeding violators.
Inattentive and careless driving is the number one cause of vehicle crashes in Kentucky. The responsibility lies with all licensed drivers to see that they practice safe driving habits which in turn make Kentucky highways a safe place to travel.