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Operation Blue Light- Summer Safety

Date of News Release: 05/31/2012

(Ashland, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police will implement a summer traffic enforcement campaign designed to reduce highway crashes and deaths in the Commonwealth. The Campaign Enforcement Period starts June 1, 2012, Friday at 1800 hours and runs through September 3, 2012, Tuesday at 2359 hours.

The Kentucky State Police will utilize checkpoints across the state in high crash areas to target unsafe drivers in a concerted effort to reduce the highway injury and fatality rates across the Commonwealth. The overall goal of the program is to reduce traffic fatalities on Kentucky roadways. Due to the recent influx of fatal traffic crashes, this campaign was initiated in an effort to bring awareness to safe driving practices.

Kentucky State Police Post 14 Commander CPT Merrell Harrison wants the citizens of Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lawrence Counties to understand that saving lives is the Post's ultimate goal. "Our Troopers will be out patrolling in high crash areas to include the major corridors that are located within our area. They will be enforcing the speed laws, ensuring seat belt compliance, and issuing citations for violations" noted Captain Harrison. "The citizens of our region can expect a great increase in the number of traffic checkpoints designed to rid the number of impaired drivers on our roadways" added Harrison.

In 2011>

  • Kentucky had 61,142 crashes caused by 'inattention' resulting in 14,161 injuries and 164 deaths.
  • There were 721 highway deaths in 2011 on Kentucky roadways.
  • 575 of those deaths involved a motor vehicle.
  • 51% of those victims were not wearing a seatbelt.
  • 123 fatal crashes involved alcohol.
  • 61 fatal crashes involved a motorcycle and 34 of those victims were not wearing a helmet.
  • 65 crashes involved a commercial vehicle.
  • In 2011, Kentucky had 61,142 crashes caused by 'inattention' resulting in 14,161 injuries and 164 deaths.
  • In Kentucky, over the past three years, there have been 16 deaths and 285 injuries in road construction areas.

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

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