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Kentucky law enforcement reminds drivers to ‘Stop Speeding Before it Stops You’ as state reopens

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 percent 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...

As July 4 approaches, KYTC reminds Kentucky motorists that ‘Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving’

This Independence Day, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind drivers that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.” Unfortunately, this summertime celebration creates dangerous road conditions when drivers choose to drive while impaired. “If you are under the influence of any substance and choose to get behind the wheel,...

Motorists urged to be safe behind the wheel as Kentucky reopens; traffic volume to increase

As Kentuckians transition from Healthy at Home to Healthy at Work, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is asking motorists to help prevent an increase in crashes, injuries and deaths as traffic volumes increase. “Many Kentuckians have worked diligently to make sure our friends and family are safe by being healthy at home,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “As some Kentuckians return to work,...

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety joins NHTSA in promoting motorcycle safety month in May

In recognition of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) has joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding motorists and motorcyclists to “share the road” conscientiously and courteously to help prevent crashes, injuries and deaths on Kentucky roadways. “Safety is a mutual responsibility for motorists and motorcyclists...

Kentucky highway fatalities increased from 724 to 734 in 2019; preliminary numbers show 56 deaths in 2020

Highway fatalities in Kentucky increased last year, according to preliminary numbers from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS). Initial data indicates there were 734 fatalities in 2019, compared to 724 in 2018. “A single death is one too many,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “And our 2020 Recommended Highway Plan is our commitment to improving highway...

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety reminds Thanksgiving travelers to buckle up, put phone down

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the Kentucky 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 extending our current ‘Buckle Up Phone Down’ campaign through Thanksgiving,” said KOHS Acting Executive Director Jason Siwula....

Before handing over the keys to the car, make sure your teen knows the rules of driving safely

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during National Teen Driver Safety Week (Oct. 20-26) to help empower parents to talk with their young drivers about the importance of driving safely. “Parents have a strong influence on their teens, even as they grow older and become more independent,” said acting KOHS Executive Director...