Thursday, November 28, 2013

KSP Launches Nighttime Enforcement Campaign: 'Operation Holiday Lights'

 The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is launching a nighttime holiday enforcement campaign designed to reduce traffic fatalities on Kentucky roadways. 'Operation Holiday Lights: All Night. Every Night.' began last night and extends through January 1, 2014 at midnight.

KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb says the statewide enforcement effort will utilize collision analysis data to determine which counties have the highest instance of injury and fatal crashes.

"Each post has been asked to identify the counties in their patrol area where crashes are prevalent," says Webb. "Specifically, they are looking at the time and exact location of those crashes and scheduling heavier patrols for those areas."

Webb says crash data indicates that a majority of the fatal crashes involve unrestrained drivers.

"Last year, nearly 53 percent of drivers who were killed in traffic crashes on Kentucky roadways were not wearing seat belts. We can't stress enough, the importance of wearing a seat belt. Our goal is to make sure everyone arrives home safely for the holidays."

All KSP posts and commercial vehicle regions will utilize traffic safety check points, covert details in high traffic areas and night vision equipment to assist in the campaign.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that nighttime drivers are less likely to buckle up than daytime drivers.