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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...

KY State Police start official enforcement period Wednesday for more dangerous holiday of year

Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday of the year for motorists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This includes the four-day holiday driving period surrounding that date when heavy traffic, weather and long-distance road trips combine to create severe travel conditions. Often, family celebrations include alcohol, which later evolves into impaired driving. ...

New ‘Vital Signs’ report shows 1 in 3 children
who died in car crashes was not buckled up

One in three children who died in crashes in 2011 was not buckled up, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vital Signs report.   CDC analyzed 2002–2011 data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to determine the number and rate of motor-vehicle occupant deaths, and the percentage of child deaths...

‘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...