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Ky. launches effort to steer motorists to buckle up, put phones down to increase roadway safety

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is driving home a safety message to motorists aimed at preventing crashes by encouraging two life-saving actions behind the wheel- buckling up and putting down the phone. Launching today, the state’s first Buckle Up Phone Down campaign features videos, radio spots, digital advertising and a new dedicated website, kyhighwaysafety.com, to promote the initiative. “The...

AAA collects supplies to help local students; public invited to take pledge against driving ‘intexticated’

While no one is ready for summer to be over quite yet, the reality is that back-to-school time is coming soon. In an effort to help local schools, AAA is collecting school supplies through Aug. 4 at both AAA retail locations as well as the AAA fleet facility in Lexington. The campaign encourages AAA associates, members and the general public to donate new, unused school supplies. The local schools...

AAA study: Motorists believe texting behind the wheel is as dangerous as driving intoxicated

Nearly 97 percent of motorists believe texting or emailing on a cellphone while driving is an extremely or very dangerous behavior, about the same number (95.1 percent) that perceive driving while intoxicated to be extremely or very dangerous. That’s according to results of the newly released AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, which identifies attitudes and behaviors related...

AAA poll reveals 92 percent of Ky drivers worried about use of electronic devices behind the wheel

As Distracted Driving Awareness Month continues, a recent AAA poll of Kentucky motorists found that 92 percent are very or somewhat concerned for their safety due to other drivers being distracted by electronic devices. Yet despite the growing concern, 80 percent say they see more drivers around them distracted by electronic devices. The survey of 613 drivers took place March 14-15. It included men...

Keven Moore: Surviving driving mayhem resulting from back to school traffic takes a little planning

Every August all across America, communities experience a phenomenon that I call the “Back to School Trafficitos.” This behavioral phenomenon began last week between the hours of 7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m., when it magically seems that your community’s population doubled and every other driver has somehow lost the ability to operate a vehicle safely. There are many variables that come into play...

Keven Moore: When it comes to distracted driving, even police officers preach ‘do as I say, not as I do’

Distracted driving is a serious and escalating problem throughout the United States and when we think of distracted driving today most of us visualize cell phone or texting on a smartphone. Right? But little did we know that the very people that are commissioned with enforcing the distracted driving laws in our communities are some of the most egregious violators. It’s true, police officers are...

Many drivers still using cellphones even though they know the dangers, insurance survey says

State Farm released the results of its eighth survey exploring attitudes and behaviors regarding distracted driving. The report follows major trends in cellphone use and explores many of the distractions that take eyes, hands and minds off driving. Nearly all drivers, 91 percent, reported owning a smartphone, and more than half say they use them while driving. Though distracted driving continues to...

Keven Moore: Police officers say ‘do as I say, not as I do’ when it comes to distracted driving

Distracted driving in the United States is a serious and escalating problem throughout the United States and when we think of distracted driving today most of us visualize cell phone or texting on a smartphone. Right? But little did we know that the very people that are commissioned with enforcing the distracted driving laws in our communities are some of the most egregious violators. It’s true,...

‘U Drive U Text U Pay’ initiative is part
of national texting enforcement crackdown

In conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, law enforcement agencies in Kentucky are stepping up efforts to persuade drivers to put down the phone as part of the first national texting enforcement crackdown – U Drive. U Text. U Pay.   “People need to know that we are serious about stopping this deadly behavior,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, who...

A sobering lesson: Teens at Bryan Station learn about hazards of distracted driving

\   Video from Kentucky Office of Highway Safety   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Teens at Bryan Station High School in Lexington absorbed a sobering lesson at the wheel of a Distracted Driving Simulator, which aptly illustrated various hazards and the potential consequences.   “You don’t fully understand how hard it is until you drive,” said 18-year-old Lena Muhammad,...