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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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KYTC Reminds Drivers to Obey Posted Speed Limits

Stop Speeding Before it Stops You

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 6, 2020) – As the Commonwealth reopens and traffic continues to increase, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is reminding drivers to 'Stop Speeding Before it Stops You.'

 

"Speeding is 100% preventable and obeying the posted speed limit reduces the risk of death or injury for drivers, passengers and other road users," said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. "Safe driving is one way we can all be a good neighbor on the road."     

 

According to the KOHS, approximately 30 percent of fatal crashes in Kentucky last year involved a speeding and/or aggressive driver.  

 

"Too many lives are lost each year in speed-related crashes," said KOHS Acting Executive Director Jason Siwula.  "Whether you are driving a car, truck or motorcycle, we urge you to eliminate all distractions and drive at a safe, legal speed."    

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle deaths nationwide.

 

"Driving over the speed limit greatly reduces a driver's ability to respond to unexpected situations such as stopped or slowed traffic, an object in the road, or encountering vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists," said Siwula.  "In order to save lives, we must all work together, making safe choices each time we get behind the wheel."

 

NHTSA provides the following tips for dealing with speeding and/or aggressive drivers:

 

  • Do not challenge the driver by speeding up or attempting to hold your lane.
  • Give them plenty of space, as they may lose control of their vehicle more easily.
  • Avoid eye contact and ignore gestures.
  • Wear your seat belt!  It is your best defense against injury and death.
  • If you are safely able to report an aggressive driver to law enforcement, provide a vehicle description, license number, location, and if possible, direction of travel.
  • If you are being followed by an aggressive driver, drive to a safe place such as the nearest police or fire station, gas station or other places where there are people. Use your horn to get someone's attention. Do not get out of your car and do not drive home.

 

For more information, visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/speeding




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 NATIONAL HIGHWAY SAFETY NEWS


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CURRENT KY ROADWAY FATALITIES FOR 2020

430

Click link below for further Daily Fatality Report Information

Daily Fatality Report - 8-11-2020.pdf

 

TOTAL YEAR TO DATE 2019

456

TOTAL KY ROADWAY FATALITIES FOR 2019

732

Click link below for the Year End 2019 Daily Fatality Summary Information

Daily Fatality Summary for YE2019


 

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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