“Not So Fast, Kentucky” Campaign Through July 31
KENTUCKY (WYMT) – Kentucky Bureau of Highway Safety (KOHS) officials are joining forces with law enforcement across the state in the “Not So Fast, Kentucky” speeding awareness campaign .
“As traffic increases on our roads this summer, we must do our part to protect ourselves and each other,” Governor Andy Beshear said. “Whether you’re driving a car, truck or motorcycle, put down your phone and maintain a safe speed on the road.”
According to KOHS officials, crash reports and ticket data show that 24 percent of crashes in Kentucky involve a speeding or aggressive driver. Men are the drivers in 55% of these speeding crashes.
“Speed limits are in place to protect all road users,” KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. “Driving beyond the limit significantly reduces a driver’s ability to react to unexpected situations, such as stopped or slowed traffic, an object in the road, or encountering vulnerable road users such as workers of the road, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.”
Officials provided the following advice for dealing with speeding and/or aggressive drivers:
- Put on your seat belt. It’s your best defense against injury and death.
- Don’t challenge the driver by speeding up or trying to maintain your lane.
- Give them plenty of space, as they are more likely to lose control of their car.
- Avoid eye contact and ignore gestures.
- If you can safely report an aggressive driver to law enforcement, provide a description of the vehicle, license plate number, location, and, if possible, direction of travel.
- If an aggressive driver is following you, drive to a safe location, such as the nearest police or fire station, gas station, or other places where there are people. Use your horn to get someone’s attention. Do not get out of your car and do not drive home.
“We often hear from officers and privates that they’d rather write a ticket than do a death notification,” Secretary Gray said. “Observing the speed limit can not only save your life, it can save you unnecessary financial expense, so remember – Not So Fast, Kentucky.”
The campaign runs until July 31.
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