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Operation Blue Lights

Date of News Release: 05/31/2012

(London, KY.) –- The Kentucky State Police, Post 11, London will be participating in the state wide initiative "Operation Blue Lights" starting on June 01, 2012 and ending on September 03, 2012.

OPERATION BLUE LIGHTS

B = Basic traveling safety & vehicle maintenance
L = Lower speed in work zone areas
U = Undivided attention on the road & look for motorcycles
E = Enforcement of Speed, DUI and Occupant protection

Operation Blue Lights starts with you - the driver:

Basic Traveling Safety. KSP will provide drivers with a Safety Checklist for their vehicle. These checklists can be used to ensure the driver's vehicle is in safe operating condition before making summer road trips. The checklist will also provide basic safety tips when traveling away from home.

Lower speed in work zone areas. Summer months are prevalent for road construction projects. Motorists need to take extra precaution in these areas and slow down.

In Kentucky, over the past three years, there have been 16 deaths and 285 injuries in road construction areas .

Undivided attention on the road. Drivers need to be well rested before long trips and keep their eyes on the road! Anything that would distract them such as cell phone use, eating, reading, or changing the radio station.

*Driver Inattention is the #1 cause of crashes in Kentucky.

*In 2011, Kentucky had 61,142 crashes caused by 'inattention' resulting in 14,161 injuries and 164 deaths.

KSP is asking drivers to be aware of motorcycles on the road—another part of keeping 'undivided attention' on the roadways.

Enforcement of Speed, DUI and Occupant Protection. Providing high visibility enforcement in targeted areas with safety concerns.

Kentucky has a mandatory seat belt law for all passengers. Occupants must buckle up – every time, every trip!

The goal, of this initiative, is to save lives by reducing the number of fatal and incapacitating crashes on Kentucky roads.

An emphasis will be placed on: Driving Under the Influence, Speeding, Work Zone Related Speeding, Occupant Protection (seatbelts, car and booster seats) and Driver Inattention Violations.

Last year in Kentucky, there were 721 highway fatalities. Of these, 123 fatal crashes involved alcohol.

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