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

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Wayne Gentry, Kentucky Operation Lifesaver, 502-693-3167, www.bwgentry75@gmail.com
Jessica Puchala, Operation Lifesaver, Inc., 703-739-0308, news@oli.org
Kimberly Woods, Amtrak, 202-906-3860, MediaRelations@amtrak.com


 

 

Kentucky’s “Operation Clear Track” Set for September 25 During Rail Safety Week


 

On Tuesday, September 25 during the Rail Safety Week (RSW), September 23-29, Kentucky Operation Lifesaver, the nonprofit rail safety education organization, will join with Amtrak and more than 460 local, state, federal and railroad law enforcement departments for "Operation Clear Track" to raise awareness and enforce railroad grade crossing and trespassing laws in 48 states across the U.S. “Operation Clear Track” will be the largest single law enforcement railroad safety operation ever attempted in the U.S.

 

During “Operation Clear Track,” Kentucky law enforcement personnel will be stationed at targeted railroad grade crossing incident locations to hand out railroad safety cards to motorists and pedestrians, and issue warnings and citations to violators. The goal of Rail Safety Week is to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities around railroad tracks through increased public awareness.

 

WHAT:                  “Operation Clear Track” Police enforcement/education event to be held in 48 states at railroad grade crossings that have a high number of vehicle and/or trespasser incidents.

 

WHERE/WHEN:   Lagrange Kentucky at various crossings from 11:00 AM til 3:00 PM

 

WHY:                     Federal statistics show that about every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. “Operation Clear Track” is an effort by Kentucky Operation Lifesaver, Amtrak and rail safety partner organizations, to raise awareness of the need for caution near train tracks during Rail Safety Week, which is being observed in the U.S. and Canada September 23-29, 2018.


 

MORE INFO:         Visit Operation Lifesaver’s national website for safety tips and statistics: www.oli.org; visit the Rail Safety Week landing page for infographics, safety tips, and more; or contact Kimberly.Woods@amtrak.com or 202-906-3860 for more information on “Operation Clear Track.”


 

About Operation Lifesaver, Inc.

Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. A national network of trained volunteers gives free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” provides the public with tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. Learn more at oli.org; follow OLI on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.


 


 

 NATIONAL HIGHWAY SAFETY NEWS

A 2018 report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that motor vehicle crashes was a leading cause of unintentional injury deaths among children and adolescents, aged 10-19 years of age, in the United States between 2013 to 2016.  This report states there was a 13% increase in unintentional injury deaths between 2013 to 2016 among children and adolescents, aged 10-19 years of age.  You can find the complete report and CNN story in the links below.

Recent Increases in Injury Mortality Among Children and Adolescents Aged 10–19 Years in the United States: 1999–2016 - 6/1/2018

A 'wake-up call' about what's killing America's young people - CNN story 6/1/2018


 

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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CURRENT KENTUCKY ROADWAY FATALITIES FOR 2018

513

Click link below for further Daily Fatality Report Information

Daily Fatality Report - 9-24-2018.pdf


 

TOTAL YEAR TO DATE 2017

555

 

TOTAL KENTUCKY ROADWAY FATALITIES FOR 2017

782

Click link below for the Year End 2017 Daily Fatality Summary Information

Daily Fatality Summary YE 2017_as_of_02-14-2018.pdf

 The Phantom Project

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