As of June 2, 2012, the Kentucky State Police stated that 305 people have suffered fatal injuries on Kentucky roads this year. Because the death rate is higher than it was at the same time in 2011, the Kentucky State Police are worried about the fatality rate for the rest of this year.
During the same time period as last year, the state of Kentucky has seen 41 more deaths. Sadly, the main factor that led to so many fatalities is lack of seat belts. Of the 305 deaths, 253 fatalities were caused in Kentucky motor vehicle accidents, and 148 people were not wearing their seat belts. This equates to 58 percent of accident victims not buckled in.
Because of the high numbers and the concerning trend, Kentucky State Police are implementing Operation BLUE, a summer driving campaign, to keep the roads safer and decrease highway deaths. The campaign will include:
- More patrol cars on the roads
- Safety check points
- Public awareness campaigns to encourage safe driving
Operation BLUE reminds drivers about:
- B. Basic traveling safety, including preventative car maintenance
- L. Lower traveling speeds in and around work zones
- U. Undivided attention while driving, including looking out for motorcyclists
- E. Enforcement of speed, occupant protection, and DUI
The police are planning to have a stronger presence in the areas where there have been more fatal crashes. They believe by targeting these hot spot areas and having a visible presence that motorists will hopefully avoid dangerous driving habits.
Additionally, State Police are asking Kentucky motorists to call an anonymous tip line at 1-800-222-5555 if they see an impaired driver on the road.