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Kentucky Office of Highway Safety encourages motorists to drive safely this Halloween

This Halloween, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind motorists that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.” “It’s been a tough year for all Kentuckians but we must remain vigilant and continue making responsible choices to keep each other safe,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Halloween...

Kentucky highway official says state has ‘funding crisis for transportation’ after $74.6M drop in 2020

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The dire shape of highway project funding in Kentucky, as well as work zone safety, were among the topics discussed before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Transportation Committee this week. “We do have a funding crisis for transportation in Kentucky,” Chad LaRue, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors, told the committee. “COVID-19...

KYTC regional driver licensing office opens in Richmond, will issue REAL ID-compliant licenses

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced the opening of a new Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) regional driver licensing office in Richmond. While some services require an in person visit, Kentuckians are encouraged to use mail or drop-in options to renew or apply for standard credentials if they are able: Those whose licenses, permits or ID cards were lost or expired – or will expire – any...

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month; KOHS encourages safe behaviors driving, walking

Even if you usually drive to your destination, everyone is a pedestrian at some point – maybe walking your child across the street to the bus stop or walking to a grocery store down the road to buy dinner. That means each of us has a personal reason for wanting to keep our streets safe for all who use them. In a crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian, the pedestrian is far more likely to be killed...

Kentucky campaign steers motorists to buckle up, put phones down to increase roadway safety

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to drive home a safety message to motorists aimed at preventing crashes by encouraging two life-saving actions behind the wheel – buckling up and putting the phone down. Kentucky’s Buckle Up/Phone Down campaign runs concurrently with a nationwide awareness and enforcement effort...

Beshear announces extension of mail-in renewal option for certain driver’s licenses in Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear, citing the need to help people stay healthy by avoiding crowds during flu season and the continuing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, has announced an extension of a special program for mail-in renewal of certain driver’s licenses. “With flu season upon us and the COVID-19 pandemic still a threat across the Commonwealth, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy and...

KYTC reaches milestone of 50,000 REAL ID-compliant licenses; pace of applications increasing

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has reached the 50,000 mark in number of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards issued. Applicants increasingly are choosing the more secure credential ahead of a federal deadline for having verified identification for access to certain installations and activities. REAL ID licenses and IDs are issued only at KYTC Regional Driver Licensing...

Kentucky highway map available; musical heritage of the Commonwealth spotlighted in new map

Kentucky’s rich and varied musical heritage is highlighted and celebrated in the 2020-21 Official Highway Map of the Bluegrass State. “Music is part of life in Kentucky and crosses many genres,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “By the same token, our official highway map is much more than a display of route lines and numbers. It symbolizes connection to the things and places that matter most to us.” The...

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,...

Beshear announces limited service reopening of regional driver licensing office in Morehead

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet regional driver’s licensing office in Morehead will reopen for limited services starting Wednesday (June 10). It is part of Beshear’s Healthy at Work initiative to safely reopen essential Executive Branch offices and services that were closed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019. Gov. Andy Beshear“We are gradually...

Beshear authorizes renewing driver’s licenses, ID cards, replacement requests remotely

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced an official order temporarily authorizing circuit court clerk offices to process expired driving credential renewals and replacement requests remotely. The move is in keeping with Beshear’s emergency declaration related to the novel coronavirus 2019 pandemic and Healthy at Work guidance meant to keep all Kentuckians healthy and limit the spread of the coronavirus. “This...

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...

Transportation Cabinet extends emergency order for commercial drivers during pandemic relief effort

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray has extended until June 1 an existing emergency order that temporarily lifts regulatory restrictions on motor carriers delivering goods and services critical to COVID-19 pandemic relief. The order is in keeping with Gov. Andy Beshear’s declaration of an emergency as part of a sweeping effort to protect Kentuckians and combat the spread of the novel coronavirus,...

Fans don’t let fans drive drunk on Super Bowl Sunday; pass keys to a sober driver before party

Football fans across the country are gearing up to celebrate America’s most-watched sporting event, Super Bowl LIV this Sunday. For many, the Super Bowl celebration will include drinking alcohol, so the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is teaming with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk reminder urging football...

KYTC offers scholarships for civil engineering students; program includes tuition assistance, summer work

For more than 70 years, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has paved the way for Kentucky’s youth to pursue a rewarding engineering career by offering two scholarship programs to help pay for tuition while providing employment. KYTC will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2020-21 school year to prospective and current college students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology...

KYTC encourages residents to give peace of mind as gifts by registering an emergency contact

As boxes get wrapped and online orders ship to gift to loved ones this holiday season, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) encourages residents to give the free, year-long gift of peace of mind by registering an emergency contact. Emergency Notice is an online emergency contact registry accessible to law enforcement officials to know who you would like to be notified in case of a serious emergency....

KYTC invites students to partner in annual Adopt-a-Highway art contest to promote litter-free Kentucky

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray has invited Kentucky students to submit original artwork for the agency’s annual Adopt-a-Highway art contest following the theme Adopt-a-Highway: Keeping Kentucky Beautiful. The artwork promotes a litter-free message to residents and winners can prizes. “This longstanding tradition engages our youngest citizens early in life to promote a cleaner...

Al Cross: Start of new governorship always leans to theatrics, but — really — it’s a new day in Frankfort

The start of a new governorship necessarily involves theatrics, which help signify the importance of a historic event, establish comity after an election and signal the shift from politics to governing. But theatrics can have meaning that signals the substance and the politics to come. Tuesday’s inauguration of Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman had all those things. It repeatedly...

Rocky Adkins, Jim Gray among newest additions to Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s administration

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov.-elect Andy Beshear named more top members of his incoming administration, including two well-known Kentuckians, during a Capitol press conference on Monday. House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, who ran against Beshear in the Democratic primary, has been named Senior Advisor and former Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will lead the Transportation Cabinet. “You could claim we...