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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...

AAA: Would your child’s safety seat pass inspection? Parents urged to review Kentucky car seat law

Every day in America, there are children riding in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child restraint systems are often used incorrectly. An estimated 59 percent of car seats and 20 percent of booster seats are misused...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Enforcement begins in year-long campaign to cut down on speeding on stretch of I-75 in Kenton Co.

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Don’t put the pedal to the metal in Northern Kentucky, as a year-long campaign against dangerous driving on Interstate 75 begins Oct. 1 in Kenton County. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are partnering with four local law enforcement agencies to increase patrols from the Ohio River to...

National ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign nets 347 DUI arrests in Kentucky in first five days

Kentucky State Police reminded motorists Thursday that they are continuing their enforcement efforts during the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Since the effort began on Aug. 16, there have been 347 driving under the influence (DUI) arrests in Kentucky by law enforcement officers across the Commonwealth. KSP spokesperson Sgt. Josh Lawson says the focus of the campaign...

Lexington Police Department to participate in ‘Click It or Ticket’ enforcement event Friday

The Lexington Police Department will be conducting a Click-it or Ticket enforcement event this Friday, May 31 from 9 p.m. to midnight at the intersection of Main Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Officers will be working to spot drivers and passengers that are not wearing a seat belt as well as children who are not properly restrained. Officers will be standing by to initiate traffic stops on...

Tom Wiedemann: AAA campaign sets sights on battling epidemic of ‘intexticated’ driving

AAA has launched a far-reaching safety campaign in Kentucky and other states to advocate for you as a driver and passenger. Our campaign targets drivers who would never consider getting behind the wheel after drinking a beer or any other alcoholic beverage and, yet, will regularly use mobile devices while driving that dangerously take their eyes and minds off the road. The campaign “Don’t Drive...

30 years ago: Remembering the Carrollton bus crash, 27 victims with a commitment against drunk driving

Thirty years ago this month, the community of Radcliff, Ky., was devastated by the deadliest drunk driving crash in America. The Carrollton bus crash claimed the lives of 27 people on their way home from a church trip to an amusement park on May 14, 1988. The families of those killed and the 40 people who survived the crash, many of whom sustained injuries, were forever changed by this tragedy. “On...

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...

Keven Moore: What’s Kentucky’s most dangerous animal? If you’re behind the wheel, it’s a deer

The most dangerous animal in the state of Kentucky is not a rattlesnake or black bear. It is the docile, beautiful but-oh-so-deadly whitetail deer. That’s right. Run-ins with deer on roadways cause millions of vehicle accidents every year. It’s especially common in October, November and December, the peak of mating season. According to the Kentucky State Police, nearly 47 percent of all collisions...

Fourth of July marks start of summer travel season; KSP warns not to mix alcohol and driving

The Fourth of July weekend marks the beginning of the traditional summer travel season and the American Automobile Association projects a record 37.5 million motorists will hit the roads this year, an increase of 2.9 percent over last year. Unfortunately, it is also one of the deadliest holiday periods of the year due to drunk driving crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)...

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...

Teen driving fatalities rose 10 percent last year, first increase in a decade

Teen driving fatalities increased 10 percent in 2015, the first increase since 2006, says a study from the Governors Highway Safety Association. The study, which analyzed fatal crash data from 2005–2014 involving drivers aged 15-20 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, found that teen drivers are 1.6 times more likely to be involved in a...

Parents offered free resources to ensure children’s safety as part of Child Passenger Safety Week

Every day in America, many children ride in car seats that have been installed incorrectly or are the wrong car seats for their age and size. Other children ride while completely unbuckled. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 59 percent of car seats are misused. To help combat the issue, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety...

Lexington Police Department joins national crackdown to reduce impaired driving fatalities

If you choose to drink and drive in Lexington – beware. The Lexington Police Department is joining law enforcement throughout the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, Aug. 19-Sept. 5. The strong nationwide impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign...