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Office of Highway Safety reminding Kentuckians to plan ahead as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

While this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will look a little different, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding motorists that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. “We understand it’s been a tough year and Kentuckians are looking for a reason to celebrate; however, safety must be top priority,” said Gov....

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...

KOHS reminds parents: Before handing over car keys, make sure teens know rules of the road

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is helping empower parents to talk with their young drivers about the importance of driving safely. They are joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in their efforts during National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 18-24. “I want our roads to be safe for all Kentuckians, including our youngest drivers. In just a few years, I’ll...

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...

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 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....

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...