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Operation BLUE Lights Highlights Ballard County

Date of News Release: 06/14/2012

Operation BLUE Lights

(Hickory, KY) As part of Operation B.L.U.E. Lights, the Kentucky State Police in Mayfield will be highlighting each individual county within its post district. The Mayfield post district is comprised of Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, and Trigg counties. Each of these counties has its own high crash areas. Each area has a time of day when crashes are most prevalent. The data that will be provided is intended to provide local citizens with useful information to assist them in avoiding a crash while traveling in their home area.

During the past 12 months, Ballard County has had 231 collisions take place within its borders. An overwhelming majority of these collisions occurred on US Highway 60 and KY Highway 286. These collisions occur mostly between 6:00 AM and 9:00 AM. The crashes are in direct correlation to the number of vehicles which travel on these roadways. Generally, as traffic volume increases, so do the chances of a collision. However, the cause for most crashes in Ballard County is driver inattention which can and should be avoided. Inattention can simply be described by a driver taking their eyes off of the roadway for even a few seconds. This can often be attributed to the use of a cell phone, GPS unit, or preoccupation with items or other passengers in the car. Even while looking at the roadway, a driver can fail to see dangers around them. This is why it is important for all motorists to drive defensively and pay close attention to what other motorists are doing around them. Of the 231 crashes in Ballard County over the past 12 months, 50 caused injury and two resulted in fatalities. A factor for these numbers is seatbelt usage. The last survey of seatbelt usage in Ballard County (2009) indicated that approximately 76% of drivers in the county utilized a seatbelt. Although this represents three quarters of those surveyed, it is still well under the 84% national usage rate.

The Kentucky State Police pledge to improve the safety of Ballard County by continuing a concentrated enforcement on US 60 and KY 286. Troopers will be conducting stationary and mobile patrols observing for drivers who are violating the posted speed limits, driving impaired, and texting while driving. Additionally, an emphasis on occupant restraint violations to include seatbelt, child safety seat, and booster seat violations will be a high priority during patrols.

The information provided above is in an effort to reduce fatal and injury collisions in Ballard County. Motorists in Ballard County can contribute to highway safety by reporting reckless and impaired drivers to KSP at 1-800-222-5555.

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