In an effort to raise awareness of traffic safety laws and encourage safe driving habits, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is sponsoring the “Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass” campaign throughout July.
There were 269 highway fatalities as of June 15th – 72 less than at the same time last year. Still, half of those killed were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-six percent involved a distracted driver, 19 percent involved an impaired driver, and over two-thirds of those killed in motorcycle crashes were not wearing a helmet.
Statistics show regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect against and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When they are worn correctly, seat belts reduce the risk of fatalities by 45 percent for front-seat vehicle occupants, and by 60 percent in pickup truck, SUV and minivan occupants.
Seat belts clearly save lives, but unfortunately too many motorists still need a tough reminder of our law.
Law enforcement will be out in force, citing anyone committing traffic violations. Whether you drive a car or motorcycle, you must obey the law.
There were 746 fatalities on Kentucky roadways in 2012. Of those, over half were not buckled up , 20 percent involved an impaired driver and speed was listed as factor in 18 percent.