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BLUE LIGHT special

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Law enforcement targeting reckless driving, seat-belt use after high school games

By Kathy Lynch

 

Kentucky State Police Post 12 has partnered with the Spencer County schools and will be bringing “Friday Night Blue Lights,” to the football game Friday.

The intentions of the KSP is to “reduce traffic fatalities across the state by enforcing safe driving and seat belt use,” as stated on their Web site.  Adding this campaign also targets underage drinking which is often associated with high school football after-game activities.

“This is our second year doing this,” said Public Affairs Officer, Trooper Ronald Turley.  “It has been successful.”

There will be troopers on site during the game as well as those participating in events.  

Trooper David Fugate will be singing the National Anthem, Trooper Turley will be presenting the game ball, the Kentucky State Police Honor Guard will be presenting colors and Captain Mike Crawford will address the audience.

 

According to their site, last year in Kentucky, the highest percentage of collisions for the months of August and September occurred on Fridays - specifically, in the evening hours.

The goals of the KSP is to turn these statistics around by performing road checks after the game targeting underage drinking and making sure seat belts are in use.

 

The KSP Web site would like to remind young people to Be on the Defense. Don’t Commit an Offense. Buckle Up. Watch your Speed. Drive Sober. As well as share the following facts:

Buckle Up

• Last year, there were 864 fatalities on Kentucky roadways.

• 64 percent of those fatalities were not wearing a seat belt.

• Kentucky has the fourth lowest rate of seat belt usage among all the states.

• 62 percent percent of teenage passenger vehicle occupants killed in fatal accidents were not wearing a seat belt.

• Last year, Kentucky had the 10th highest teenage fatality rate in the nation

Watch Your Speed

• On an average in the U.S. 1,000 people are killed every month in speed-related crashes.

• Last year, there were 1,584 crashes with 86 fatalities caused by exceeding the posted speed limit, in Kentucky.

• Motorists under the age of 25 receive the highest number of speeding violations than any other age group.

• Fuel consumption by motor-vehicles increases steadily above 45 mph using

approximately 50 percent more fuel traveling at 75 mph than they do at 55 mph.

Drive Sober

• Speeding and Alcohol are clearly a deadly combination. Nationally, last year, 40 percent of drivers under the age of 21 who were involved in fatal crashes also had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher.

• Drunk Driving is one of Kentucky’s most-often-committed and deadliest crimes- 41percent of crashes in the U.S. involve alcohol.

• Driving with a BAC of .08 or higher is illegal in Kentucky. If you are under the age of 21, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .02 or greater.

• According to preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety

Administration (NHTSA), in 2006, 17,602 people were killed in alcohol-related

crashes – an average of one every half-hour.

• Last year in Kentucky, there were 28,785 driving under the influence (DUI) arrests.

• In 2007, teen drivers accounted for 519 crashes that involved alcohol. Of those crashes, there were 201 injuries and 12 fatalities.