The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and local and state law enforcement agencies are joining forces for the “Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass” campaign throughout the month of July. The new campaign is designed to encourage safe driving habits in areas where there is a high amount of KY traffic fatalities. This initiative was developed in response to some alarming statistics: the area of Paducah ties the Elizabethtown area for second place in the state for motorcycle fatalities, while also tying with the Lexington area for fifth place in KY with a total of 32 deaths since January 1.
Overall, the total amount of fatalities in Kentucky is up 45 from 2011.
A member of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet states that, depending on the district, the campaign can take the form of saturation patrols or safety checkpoints where there is a visible presence of law enforcement agencies “engaged in traffic flow to perk the awareness of motorists.” Officers will patrol all roadways in their city or county, but will place a special emphasis on the area where a majority of crashes have occurred; specifically, this means McCracken County, Paducah, and areas in western Kentucky.
The Director of the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety states that anyone on the road must obey the law as “law enforcement will be out in force, citing anyone committing traffic violations.”
Unfortunately, not all traffic accidents are preventable and a negligent driver may cause a serious collision. Kentucky auto accident lawyer Tad Thomas is committed to helping victims of any type of traffic accident obtain the compensation they are entitled to from at-fault parties in order to focus on recovery.