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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


Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Reminds Thanksgiving Travelers to 

Buckle Up and Put the Phone Down

Campaign aims to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities throughout the holiday

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2021) – With the holidays quickly approaching, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is sending Thanksgiving travelers important lifesaving reminders – buckle up and put the phone down.

"The upcoming holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, so we're asking Kentuckians to extend their commitment to safety and health onto our roadways," said Gov. Andy Beshear. "We believe that if all drivers practice these two simple behaviors – buckle up, and put the phone down – lives will be saved."

According to KOHS, each year in Kentucky, distracted driving results in more than 50,000 crashes, more than 15,000 injuries and approximately 200 deaths. So, put down the phone and refrain from distracted driving behaviors such as texting, emailing and phone chats. 

"Sometimes even the most attentive drivers are involved in a crash caused by other drivers," said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. "That's why wearing a seat belt is the best defense against serious injuries and death. It is your best protection against a speeding, distracted or drunken driver."

According to KOHS, each year in Kentucky, more than half of those killed in motor vehicles are not wearing a seat belt. 

"A seat belt is the best way to ensure you and your loved ones make it home safely so buckle up – day and night," said Gray.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when worn correctly, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45 percent for front-seat vehicle occupants and by 60 percent for pickup truck, SUV and minivan occupants. Properly fastened seat belts contact the strongest parts of the body, such as the chest, hips and shoulders. A seat belt spreads the force of a crash over a wide area of the body, putting less stress on any one part, and allows the body to slow down with the crash, extending the time when crash forces are felt by the occupant.




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CURRENT KY ROADWAY FATALITIES FOR 2022

16

Click link below for further Daily Fatality Report Information

Daily Fatality Report - 1-18-2022.pdf

 

TOTAL YEAR TO DATE 2021

35

TOTAL KY ROADWAY FATALITIES FOR 2021

785

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

Daily Fatality Summary YE2021_as_of_1-11-2022.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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