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If you plan to party this Halloween, KOHS reminds motorists that ‘Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving’

This Halloween, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind partiers that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving”. “This year, Halloween falls on a Thursday, so we’re certain to see extra parties throughout the weekend,” said KOHS Acting Executive Director Jason Siwula. “Even one drink can impair judgment,...

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...

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...

Lexington Police Department to participate in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ event this Friday night

The Lexington Police Department will conduct a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement event this Friday (Aug. 23) from 9 p.m. until midnight at the intersection of Versailles Road and Red Mile Road. Officers will be working to spot impaired drivers and vehicle occupants who are not wearing a seat belt, as well as children who are not properly restrained. Officers will be standing by to initiate...

Deaths on Kentucky roads decline for second year in a row, says report by state Office of Highway Safety

For the second year in a row, the number of deaths on Kentucky roads declined, according to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety. 
Preliminary figures released on Friday indicate there were 722 fatalities in 2018, which was 60 fewer then in 2017 and 116 less than in 2016, which was the deadliest year since 2007. 
“We are encouraged by the reduction in fatalities, and we thank the traveling...

Kentucky State Police to begin increased drunk driving enforcement campaign efforts Friday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and Kentucky State Police are joining together in an effort to remind motorists to be responsible behind the wheel as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” increased enforcement campaign runs Dec. 14, 2018 through Jan. 1, 2019. “While the holiday season is a special time to visit with friends and family, many of these celebrations...

An important reminder as school starts: Drivers, please slow down, mind the buses

As students return to school, Kentucky drivers are being reminded of the laws that apply to keep students safe. The first thing is to note the reduced speed in and around schools. School zones are designed to slow drivers down when children are likely to be present and drivers should heed posted speed limits. The next thing drivers should be aware of is the laws that exist when approaching a school...

KYTC urges drivers to have a vested interest in work zone safety following spike in incidents in 2017

While motorists can expect to see an increase in the number of orange barrels on roadways as warm weather makes its way across the Bluegrass, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) hopes to see a decrease in the number of work zone related incidents in 2018 after a spike last year. With motorists being the primary victims of work zone injuries and fatalities, KYTC is driving attention to National...

State Police Troopers, CVE officers recognized for impaired driving enforcement efforts

Sixteen Kentucky State Police Troopers and five Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers were among more than 200 law enforcement officers from 185 agencies throughout the Commonwealth recognized on last week by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) for their efforts to target impaired drivers. “We are honoring those who put their lives on the line each day to save the lives of others,”...

UK, UofL fans can show team spirit, increase highway safety during ‘Finish Strong’ seatbelt challenge

UK and UL football fans can show their team spirit and help reduce highway deaths this holiday season at two special events in Lexington and Louisville on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Representatives from the Kentucky State Police (KSP), the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Insurance Company will be giving away free red or blue t-shirts to the first 1,000 fans who arrive...

KOHS encourages football fans to make the right call, designate a driver before the Big Game begins

Football fans across the country will celebrate America’s most-watched sporting event, Super Bowl LI, on Sunday.. For many, the Super Bowl celebration will include drinking alcohol. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and law enforcement officials are teaming with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a special Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk reminder. The organizations...

Law enforcement officers, agencies honored for impaired-driving enforcement

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) honored 205 law enforcement officers Tuesday from 175 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts to target impaired drivers. The 2016 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards ceremony was held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington. Awards were presented to officers with the most impaired-driving arrests in each agency. “We are honoring...

Traffic fatalities rise on Kentucky’s roadways; drivers urged to make ‘safe decisions behind the wheel’

The rate of fatalities on Kentucky’s roadways is increasing in 2016, according to preliminary numbers from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS). As of Oct. 24, there were 640 fatalities – 29 more than at the same time last year. “With only two months left in the year, we are encouraging drivers to take responsibility for their driving behaviors,” said KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle...

National Teen Driver Safety Week: ‘5 to Drive’ campaign helps parents prepare, protect teen drivers

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct.16-22 in promoting the “5 to Drive” campaign to encourage conversations with teen drivers about the top five dangerous driving behaviors: drunken driving, no seat belt, speeding, distractions and multiple passengers. Motor vehicle crashes...

Kentucky officials urge motorists to ‘Click It’ to stay safe while traveling over the holiday weekend

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), Louisville Metro Police and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) are reminding motorists to buckle up. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state are participating in the nationwide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization through June 5. “Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes,” said KOHS Executive...

Drinking OR Driving: State Highway Traffic Safety Office urging football fans to call the play

The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Feb. 7, Super Bowl 50 Sunday, there will be game-day socializing that may include drinking. That is why the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and law enforcement officials are urging football fans to call the play now: drinking...

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Jefferson County cracking down on impaired driving during holidays

Motorists traveling to the Louisville/Jefferson County region over the holidays should be aware of a crackdown on drunk driving. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Brown-Forman joined other Louisville Highway Safety Committee team members, to kick off the holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign in Louisville. “Although agencies place...

Law enforcement officers from across Kentucky honored for efforts to target impaired drivers

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety honored 142 law enforcement officers from 117 agencies across the state for their efforts to target impaired drivers. The 2015 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards were presented to officers with the most impaired-driving arrests in each agency. “Impaired driving is not an accident – it’s an epidemic of careless disregard for human life,”...

Statewide ‘Alive at 25’ defensive-driving program serves as wake-up call for teens

Alive at 25 instructor Ron Turley, speaking at Lafayette High School, uses workbook exercises, videos, interactive discussion, re-enactments and role playing to reach teenagers, along with personal stories from his 27 years with the Kentucky State Police. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane/FCPS)   Ron Turley spent 27 years patrolling the highways of Kentucky as a state trooper. Ask him what the worst part...

Statewide 'Alive at 25' defensive-driving program serves as wake-up call for teens

Alive at 25 instructor Ron Turley, speaking at Lafayette High School, uses workbook exercises, videos, interactive discussion, re-enactments and role playing to reach teenagers, along with personal stories from his 27 years with the Kentucky State Police. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane/FCPS)   Ron Turley spent 27 years patrolling the highways of Kentucky as a state trooper. Ask him what the worst part...