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Kentucky Office of Highway Safety

 

 

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MISSION:

"To support effective and collaborative partnerships to advance traffic safety awareness, education, and enforcement in an effort to save lives on Kentucky roadways."


 The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety works specifically to save lives by reducing Kentucky’s highway crashes, injuries, and fatalities through relevant data-driven, outcomes-based approaches and effective program delivery.

 

 KENTUCKY HIGHWAY SAFETY NEWS - MAY 2022


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May is Motorcycle and Bike Safety Awareness Month

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet joins NHTSA in promoting shared safety practices by all highway users

Frankfort, Ky. (May 3, 2022) – In recognition of May as Motorcycle and Bike Safety Awareness Month, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding all road users to work together to help prevent crashes, injuries and deaths on Kentucky roadways.

“We’re entering the warmer months and that typically means more motorcycles and bicycles on our roadways,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Safety is a mutual responsibility and we encourage all road users to do their part in making sure everyone makes it to their destination safely – every trip, every time.”

A motorcycle or bicycle is a vehicle with all of the rights and privileges of any motor vehicle; however, as one of the smallest vehicles on the road, a motorcycle or bicycle may be in a vehicle’s blind spots.

“We’re asking motorists to take simple yet important actions when behind the wheel,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “Taking the extra step of looking twice at intersections and before changing lanes or making turns could be the difference between life and death for a motorcyclist or bicyclist.”

In 2021 there were 1,490 crashes involving motorcycles in Kentucky, resulting in 1,085 injuries and 99 deaths (88 motorcyclists). Of those crashes, 811 involved a motorcycle and at least one other vehicle. Bicyclists were involved in 325 crashes resulting in 239 injuries and 9 deaths. Of those crashes, 320 involved at least one other vehicle.

“All road users share the same rights and responsibilities designed to keep our transportation system equitable and safe," said Secretary Gray. "Our Cabinet is committed to continuing our efforts to improve infrastructure and accessibility for everyone, and we ask that we all do our part to obey the rules of the road.”

The KOHS offers the following tips for drivers:

  • Put the phone down and pay attention. Driving while distracted increases risk for all road users;
  • Perform a regular visual check by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections;
  • Use a turn signal before changing lanes or merging with traffic to alert others of your intentions;
  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a mo¬torcycle. Motorcycle signals are often not self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed;
  • Obey the speed limit. Driving at the posted limit allows you to see, identify and react to possible obstacles;
  • Drive sober. Alcohol and drugs affect judgment, balance and reaction time. Always make a plan for a safe ride home;
  • Buckle up. Wearing a seat belt gives you the best protection against injury and death;
  • Allow at least a three-second following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you;
  • Do not use designated bike lanes for parking, passing or turning; and
  • Pass to the left of a bicycle, allowing at least three feet clearance.

The KOHS offers the following tips for motorcyclists:

  • Wear a DOT-compliant helmet;
  • Use turn signals for every turn or lane change, and combine with hand signals;
  • Wear brightly colored protective gear and use reflective tape and stickers to increase visibility;
  • Position in the lane where most visible to other drivers;
  • Pay attention by avoiding any action that takes your eyes, your ears or your mind off the road and traffic;
  • Obey the speed limit. Driving at the posted limit allows you to see, identify and react to possible obstacles;
  • Ride sober. Alcohol and/or drugs can impair your judgment, coordination and reaction time; and
  • Take a rider training course. Find information at www.msf-usa.org

The KOHS offers the following tips for bicyclists:

  • Wear a properly-fitted helmet that meets that meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission standards;
  • Use hand signals when changing lanes or turning;
  • Wear brightly colored protective gear and use reflective tape and stickers to increase visibility;
  • Pay attention by avoiding any action that takes your eyes, your ears or your mind off the road and traffic;
  • Scan ahead for possible obstacles in your path, such as parked cars or cars pulling out or into parking spaces or driveways;
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic;
  • Check your equipment before riding. Make sure your brakes are working and tires are properly inflated;
  • Never ride impaired. Alcohol and/or drugs can impair your judgment, coordination and reaction time.




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 NATIONAL HIGHWAY SAFETY NEWS


May 23 - June 5, 2022 / National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization

Seat belts have been proven to be one of the best ways to save your life in a crash. Yet, many still don't buckle up. Worse still, not wearing a seat belt is a habit that will pass on to impressionable youth who, in turn, will think it is safe to not buckle up.  The Click It or Ticket campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws, and law enforcement support to save lives.

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CURRENT KY ROADWAY FATALITIES FOR 2022

243

Click link below for further Daily Fatality Report Information

Daily Fatality Report - 5-25-2022.pdf

 

TOTAL YEAR TO DATE 2021

284

TOTAL KY ROADWAY FATALITIES FOR 2021

806

Click link below for the Year End 2021 Daily Fatality Summary Information

Daily Fatality Summary YE2021_as_of_3-30-2022.pdf



 

Stop. Trains Can't.

The Right Choice at Railroad Crossings Could Save Your Life

 Don't Risk It at Railroad Crossings

  • Approximately every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the United States.
  • Most of these deaths were caused by risky driving behaviors and poor decision- making, and could have been prevented.
  • Remember: Stop. Trains Can't. Avoiding a collision with a train is the responsibility of the motorist.

 Trains Always Have the Right of Way

  • By law, trains have the right of way at all railroad crossings.

  • Trains cannot swerve, stop quickly, or change direction to avert collisions. A train traveling at 55 miles per hour takes a mile or more to stop.

  • State highway traffic safety laws require all motorists to slow, yield, or stop until the train has cleared the roadway and it is safe to cross.

  • It is illegal to go around a lowered crossing gate or to ignore signs or flashing lights posted at a railroad crossing.

 Understand the Signage and Follow the Law

  • Of the 130,000 public railroad crossings in the United States, roughly 54 percent are "active" crossings that include warning devices such as gates, bells, or flashing lights to alert motorists of an approaching train. But 46 percent are "passive" crossings, where only signs and markings are present.

  • While warning devices do improve safety at railroad crossings, they do not prevent 100 percent of collisions. Approximately 60 percent of all collisions at railroad crossings occur where active warning devices are present, and nearly 19 percent of all crossing collisions involve a motor vehicle striking the side of a train already in the crossing.

  • Motorists must come to a complete stop at least 15 feet from the track if: 1) flashing red lights are activated, 2) a crossing gate is lowered, 3) a flagman signals you to stop, 4) a stop sign is posted, or 5) a train is clearly visible or you hear the whistle of a train.

  • Ignoring signage or attempting to go around a crossing gate that is down can have deadly consequences. It is never worth risking your life by ignoring the law or racing a train.

  • The best way to avoid a collision with a train is to understand and follow the warning signage, and to always stop for a train.

 Use Caution at Every Railroad Crossing

  • When approaching a railroad crossing, slow down, and look and listen for a train on the tracks, especially at "passive" crossings.

  • Look carefully in both directions before crossing a railroad track—even during the day. Sixty-seven percent of railroad crossing collisions occur in clear weather conditions.

  • Do not rely on past experience to guess when a train is coming. Trains can come from either direction at any time.

  • Never race a train. It is easy to misjudge a train's speed and distance from the crossing. A train traveling at 55 miles per hour takes a mile to stop—the length of 18 football fields or more—after applying the emergency brakes.

  • Before entering a railroad crossing, check that there is enough room on the other side of the tracks for your vehicle to cross completely and safely. Be aware that you may need to cross multiple sets of tracks at some railroad crossings.

  • Never stop on the railroad tracks. Keep moving once you have entered the crossing, and to avoid stalling, never shift gears on the tracks.

  • If your vehicle does stall on a railroad track, quickly move away from the track and your vehicle at a 45-degree angle. Call the number on the Emergency Notification System (ENS) sign, or if the ENS sign is not visible to you, dial 911 for help.

Remember: The Right Choice at Railroad Crossings Could Save Your Life.

Stop. Trains Can't.

 This information has been provided by NHTSA.

 

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