TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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Operation BLUE Lights Highlights for Calloway County
Date of News Release: 07/02/2012
(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, Calloway County has had 424 collisions take place within its borders. An overwhelming majority of these collisions occurred on US Highway 641, KY Highway 80, and KY Highway 94. 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 Calloway 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. Another causation factor for many of the crashes in Calloway County is for failure to yield the right of way. These types of collisions are seen mostly on the divided highways of US Highway 641 and KY highway 80. Many of the collisions stem from drivers crossing a portion of the divided highway unaware of other vehicles in their path. Drivers along these roadways are reminded to be especially cautious for all vehicles operated along these routes.
Of the 424 crashes in Calloway County over the past 12 months, 93 caused injury and six resulted in fatalities. Statistics indicate that seatbelt usage can dramatically reduce the risk of serious injury or death as a result of a car crash. The last survey of seatbelt usage in Calloway County (2011) indicated that approximately 81% of drivers and passengers in the county utilized a seatbelt. Although this represents over three quarters of those surveyed, it is below the 84% national usage rate and well below the desired usage rate of 100%.
The Kentucky State Police pledge to improve the safety of Calloway County by continuing a concentrated enforcement on US 641, KY 80, and KY 94. 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 Calloway County. Motorists in Calloway County can contribute to highway safety by reporting reckless and impaired drivers to KSP at 1-800-222-5555.