Sergeant Richard P. Saint-Blancard
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Operation Blue Lights: KSP Safe Summer Driving Campaign
Date of News Release: 06/05/2012
(FRANKFORT, Ky.)--- Operation B.L.U.E. Lights is the summer enforcement campaign for the Kentucky State Police that began June 1 and is picking up speed as it sweeps across the state. The campaign is designed to bring attention to unsafe driving behaviors in an effort to offset the recent spike in traffic deaths on Kentucky roadways.
B.L.U.E. is an acronym designed to remind drivers to focus on these driving-related attributes:
B = Basic traveling safety & vehicle maintenance
L = Lower speed in work zone areas
U = Undivided attention on the road & look for motorcycles
E = Enforcement of Speed, DUI and Occupant protection
KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said the agency implemented this multi-faceted approach to address the increasing number of fatalities on Kentucky roadways. KSP will utilize high visibility patrol in crash corridors and safety check points combined with a public awareness campaign to reach the motoring public.
"We are seeing a climb in crashes, injuries and deaths on our highways and many of these tragedies could have been prevented if drivers had taken the necessary precautions," says Brewer.
"Distracted driving is the number one cause of crashes in Kentucky and it has deadly consequences," says Brewer. "Our goal is to inform drivers about the importance of having a safe vehicle, an alert driver and the need for all passengers to take extra safety precautions when they get behind the wheel."
KSP has developed a checklist that will be distributed to drivers at safety check points with information about getting their vehicles road ready for summer travel. The agency also plans to utilize social media platforms to blast out safe driving tips.
KSP has designed a 'Safe Driving Pledge' form that troopers will distribute at festivals, fairs and community forums challenging drivers to refrain from unsafe driving behaviors. To obtain a copy of the KSP Safe Driving Pledge, please follow this link http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/pdf/Safe_Driving_Pledge.pdf.
KSP Public Affairs Branch Commander, Capt. David Jude, says the agency will strategically pinpoint ‘'hot spot' areas where crashes are more prevalent by utilizing the KyOPS system (Kentucky's Open Portal Solution).
"This state of the art database can pinpoint high crash locations by road, mile point, time of day, crash causation, human factor indicators and more," says Jude. "From this data, we can provide each post with a digital imprint of where crashes are occurring, so they can specifically target those areas with high visibility enforcement"
As of June 3, Kentucky has recorded 49,816 crashes resulting in 305 deaths and 9,366 injuries. Of the fatal crashes, 253 involved motor vehicles and 148 victims were not wearing seat belts.
"These are not just statistics to us," says Jude. "These are human lives. Everyday a family is dealing with the loss of a loved one due to a senseless, yet preventable highway crash."
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.
To obtain a copy of the KSP Safe Driving Check list, please visit the KSP website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/pdf/Driving_Check_List.pdf