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Operation BLUE Lights Highlights for Trigg County

Date of News Release: 07/19/2012

(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, Trigg County has had 202 collisions take place within its borders. A majority of these collisions occurred on US Highway 68. These crashes trend between the eight and 26 mile marker. The crashes are in direct correlation to the number of vehicles traveling on this roadway. Generally, as traffic volume increases, so do the chances of a collision. However, the cause for most crashes in Trigg 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 202 crashes in Trigg County over the past 12 months, 43 caused injury and three 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. All motor vehicle occupants are reminded to utilize a safety belt each time they get into the vehicle. Motorcycle riders are also reminded to wear a helmet to protect them from serious head injury in the event of a collision.

The Kentucky State Police pledge to improve the safety of Trigg County by continuing a concentrated enforcement on US 68. 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 Trigg County. Motorists in Trigg County can contribute to highway safety by reporting reckless and impaired drivers to KSP at 1-800-222-5555.

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