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Warning from KSP: Heads up, parents and caregivers — kids left in hot cars face fatal dangers

With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting that most of the U.S. will face well above average temperatures this summer, Kentucky State Police is warning parents and caregivers about the fatal dangers posed by leaving children in hot cars.   “Heat stroke is the leading cause of non-crash related deaths for children ages 14 and younger,” says Sgt. Michael Webb, a spokesman...

Kentucky State Police urge motorists to buckle up, save lives while driving over the holidays

The Kentucky State Police request a unique Christmas gift from Kentuckians this year. They are asking for the gift of life. Simply put, they want motorists to wear their seat belts every time they get in their vehicle. Sgt. Michael Webb, spokesperson for the agency, says performing the simple click of a seat belt will save lives. “We are seeing an increase in traffic deaths in Kentucky this year...

Keven Moore on Insurance: Roadway run-ins with deer peak this time of year; be prepared

  Believe it or not, the most dangerous animal in the state of Kentucky is not a rattlesnake or a black bear. It is the beautiful-but-oh-so-deadly whitetail deer.   That’s right. Run-ins with deer on roadways cause millions of vehicle accidents every year – especially in October, November and December during their mating season.   According to the National Highway Traffic...

Be the exception, not the rule on the Fourth by planning safe, sober transportation home

Kentucky’s highway safety officials don’t want the fun Independence Day holiday to turn tragic because of drunk driving, so they’re urging everyone choose a designated driver.   The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports drunken driving fatalities typically spike during holidays such as the Fourth of July. During the 2012 holiday, 179 people were killed in motor...

Get Smart or Get Busted: Police from six states join ‘I-75 Challenge’ to save lives

State police from the six states along the I-75 corridor are targeting poor drivers in 2014 to reduce traffic fatalities. (Photo from KSP)   The Kentucky State Police force is teaming up with law enforcement officials from the five other states along the Interstate 75 corridor — Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan — for part of “The I-75 Challenge” to save lives in 2014.   The...

Road rage, careless driving, swerving cars – oh my! States with worst drivers identified

Road rage, careless driving, swerving cars: these may all be things you encounter during your normal commute. And the thought “This state has the worst drivers!” may cross your mind from time to time.   Well, now we know for sure which state has the worst (and best) drivers, at least according to CarInsuranceComparison.com in its update on the driving statistics. It’s Louisiana. The...

‘Blue Lights Across Bluegrass’ effort under way to decrease traffic fatalities, injuries

  In an effort to raise awareness of traffic safety laws and encourage safe driving habits, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is partnering with state and local law enforcement on the “Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass” campaign throughout July.   “We are concerned with our current highway fatality numbers,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock. “The year started...