State police launch summer traffic safety campaign

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

The number of deadly traffic accidents in Kentucky is up this year and state police are beginning a new summer traffic safety campaign tomorrow to try and reduce those numbers.

State police want everyone to know that you will see blue lights behind you if you do not follow the rules on Kentucky roadways this summer.

Kentucky State Police want people to think Blue when driving this summer.

“B is for basic travel safety and vehicle maintenance, L is for lower speed in work zones and look out for motorcycles, U is for undivided attention on the road, E is for enforcement,” said Trooper Don Trosper of Kentucky State Police.

Police said the goal is to decrease the amount of injuries and deaths on state roadways, which are up from previous years.

“So far this year we have had 296 total fatalities,” said Trsoper.
“Last year alone we had 721 fatality crashes with 123 of those involving alcohol.”

Police have some tips on safe driving habits that you should practice before you get behind
the wheel.

“First and foremost, don't drink and drive, always wear your seat belt any time you are in your vehicle and it is in motion, that will help prevent serious injury and or death,” said Trosper.
“Refrain from speeding, take a little extra time.”

Officials said they want to save lives.

“Any time that we have a death on the highway or even a serious injury, it is heartbreaking to see that,” said Trosper.
“Especially when you have to talk to families who have lost loved ones who have been in a crash.”

The campaign will last until Sept. 3. Officials said they may extend the initiative.

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