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Lexington Fire Department hopes to make Oct. 19 a wreck-free day, needs your help

Statistics collected by the Lexington Fire Department show that more than 600,000 people are on their cellphones while driving at any given moment during daylight in this country. (Photo from LFD)   The Lexington Fire Department Firefighter Safety Initiative 2014 is this Sunday, Oct. 19. The campaign slogan this year is “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All,” and the goal is to make Oct. 19...

Distracted drivers beware: Lexington police are out in force in October to target and ticket

Staff report   Almost 8 percent of Fayette County traffic accidents in 2012 were caused by distracted driving such as texting or reading email on a cellphone, and the Lexington Division of Police have had enough.   Beginning today, Oct. 1, officers are volunteering their overtime hours to watch for and ticket distracted drivers, according to Lt. J.J. Lombardi, commander of the Traffic Division...

A sobering lesson: Teens at Bryan Station learn about hazards of distracted driving

\   Video from Kentucky Office of Highway Safety   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Teens at Bryan Station High School in Lexington absorbed a sobering lesson at the wheel of a Distracted Driving Simulator, which aptly illustrated various hazards and the potential consequences.   “You don’t fully understand how hard it is until you drive,” said 18-year-old Lena Muhammad,...

New enforcement measure aimed at people who violate ‘No Texting While Driving’ law

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet soon will assess “penalty points” on the operator’s licenses of drivers who are cited and convicted of violating Kentucky’s law against texting while driving.   Gov. Steve Beshear announced the new enforcement measure today at the 2013 Kentucky Life Savers Conference, an annual gathering of transportation leaders. A driver will incur three points for...