Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Reduce Demand, Increase Supply 'Trauma Season' Solution: Safe Drivers and Blood Donors
Date of News Release: 06/28/2007
(Frankfort, KY--June 28, 2007) The idea is a simple one: reduce the demand for blood and increase the supply. That's the message the Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Blood Center are giving motorists and potential blood donors as the Fourth of July holiday approaches.
"Motor vehicle crashes can cause significant trauma," said Jack Adams, Kentucky State Police Commissioner. "During last year's four-day July 4th holiday period, there were 1,160 collisions on Kentucky roadways resulting in 16 fatalities and 494 people injured. Many of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented if motorists practiced basic defensive driving skills such as obeying speed limits, using seat belts and not driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. We want Kentuckians to spend the holiday with family, not receiving a blood transfusion," Adams said.
Traffic collision and other trauma victims can require transfusions of 50 pints or more of red blood cells. This sobering realization may cause motorists to drive carefully - and to give blood frequently.
"Sadly, summer brings frequent blood shortages because fewer people give blood. The demand for blood does not slow down and can actually spike because of traumas," said Jim Tinker, Kentucky Blood Center spokesperson.
Those wanting to donate blood can call 1-888-872-5663 to find the nearest blood center and schedule an appointment to give. Anyone age 17 or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health can be a blood donor.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.