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"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



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Contact:  Erin Eggen
Office of Highway Safety

For Immediate Release


Office of Highway Safety Reminds Kentucky Drivers to Plan Safe Rides this Holiday Season

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' continues through New Year's Day

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 10, 2020) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement nationwide in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign Dec. 16, 2020 through Jan. 1, 2021.

 It's been a tough year for all Kentuckians and I want us to have a great Christmas and New Year's holiday," said Gov. Beshear. "But to keep each other safe, I've got to ask you two things. First, please celebrate safely – avoid travel, significantly limit gatherings and use precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while with anyone from outside of your household. Second, please get home safely. Drive sober or plan a safe ride home with someone else to protect yourself and everyone on the road."

 According to NHTSA, impaired driving-related crashes tend to increase during the holidays.

"While our holiday celebrations may look a little different this year, our message stays the same:  Always plan for a sober ride home," said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. "If you are under the influence of any substance and choose to get behind the wheel, you put everyone on the road in danger, including yourself."

In Kentucky, 547 impaired driving-related crashes resulting in 276 injuries and 10 deaths occurred during the Christmas and New Year holidays over the last five years.

"Drugs and/or alcohol not only hinder your ability to drive, but also affect your judgment about whether you can or should drive," said KYTC State Highway Engineer James Ballinger. "This is why we ask that you make a plan before drinking begins.  No matter what you choose – a sober friend, taxi service or ride booking company – we want you to arrive to your destination safely."

To prevent impaired driving-related tragedies this holiday season, the KYTC recommends the following:           

  1. Before festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night;
  2. If impaired, use a ride-booking company or taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely;
  3. If you see an impaired driver, safely pull over and contact law enforcement. You may dial the KSP toll-free line directly at 1-800-222-5555 or call 911.
  4. If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get them safely to where they are going.
  5. Wear a seat belt! It is not only the law, it is the best defense against an impaired driver. Buckling up helps prevent injury and death if involved in a crash.

"Impaired driving-related crashes are 100 percent preventable," said Ballinger.  "All we ask is that you make safe choices this holiday season and celebrate responsibly."

For more information on drunken driving visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving.  For more information on drug-impaired driving visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drug-impaired-driving.



 




 



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 NATIONAL HIGHWAY SAFETY NEWS



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Facts about Teen Driver Fatalities

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens (15-18 years old) in the United States, ahead of all other types of injury, disease, or violence.
  • In 2017, there were 2,247 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver, of which 755 deaths were the teen driver - a 3% decrease from 2016.
  • Parents can be the biggest influencers on teens' choices behind the wheel if they take the time to talk with their teens about some of the biggest driving risks.




  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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CURRENT KY ROADWAY FATALITIES FOR 2021

16

Click link below for further Daily Fatality Report Information

Daily Fatality Report - 1-15-2021.pdf

 

TOTAL YEAR TO DATE 2020

12

TOTAL KY ROADWAY FATALITIES FOR 2020

770

Click link below for the Year End 2020 Daily Fatality Summary Information

Daily Fatality Summary YE2020_as_of_01-15-21.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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