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News Release

Media / For More Information Contact:
Lt. Shane Bates
KSP Electronic Crime Branch
(502) 782-9769

KSP To Participate in National 'Operation Safe Driver' Campaign

Date of News Release: 10/14/2011

(Frankfort, KY) -- The KSP Commercial Vehicle Division will participate in the national 'Operation Safe Driver' campaign from Oct. 16-22, 2011. The program is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

Operation Safe Driver will hold activities across the United States, Canada and Mexico that aim to increase commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement; safety belt enforcement; driver roadside inspections; driver regulatory compliance; implementation of commercial driver educational and awareness programs to the motor carrier population; and, awareness to the motoring public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.

Each year more than 36,000 people die on the roadways throughout North America many of which are the direct result of unsafe and aggressive driving practices by both passenger and commercial vehicle drivers.

In Kentucky last year, there were over 127,000 total collisions and nearly 8,500 involved commercial vehicles.

KSP Commercial Vehicle Division Director, Lt. Col. Jack Miniard says KSP will focus on enforcement efforts and roadside inspections to increase driver performance on the highways.

"While overall highway fatalities are declining, poor driver behaviors are increasing and not just among truck and motorcoach operators, mind you, but car drivers as well," says Miniard.

Operation Safe Driver focuses on changing the habits of all drivers to avoid distracted driving. KSP supports this philosophy and offers the following tips when driving around large trucks.

For more information visit: www.operationsafedriver.org.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

Contact Information for the Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police
919 Versailles Road | Frankfort, KY 40601

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