Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement
Vehicle Enforcement, Highway Department Work Together to Issue Free Reflective Tape to Coal Trucks

Press Release Date:  Friday, October 01, 2004  
Contact Information:  Bobby Clue
Information Officer

HIGHWAY DISTRICT 12--Truckers traveling near the intersection of US 23 and KY 80 in Floyd County recently got a free safety treat, compliments of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and Highway District 12. KVE officers and District 12 workers washed off the backs of each truck that stopped and applied reflective safety tape to the vehicles.
"It was a small thing," said Terry Tackett, Drive Smart Coordinator for Highway District 12, "but all the truck drivers who stopped seemed to really appreciate it."

Using reflective tape is a safety measure that makes big trucks more visible in fog and at night. "The tape helps other drivers see the trucks before they drive right up on them," explained Sgt. Brian Howard, head of KVE's Region 10, which serves nine counties in Eastern Kentucky. "This could make the difference between slowing down to accommodate a slow-moving truck or having a bad accident."

Howard said that turnout was excellent for the first-time event. "We will definitely do this again. The response was all positive. In fact, we had to close earlier than we planned because we had so many truckers stop that we ran out of tape."
The event was coordinated jointly by Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and Highway District 12's Drive Smart program. KVE Commissioner Greg Howard was on hand from Frankfort as was Dan Barnett, Director of KYTC's Division of Driver Safety. Tommy Hall of Hall Brothers Funeral Home in Martin allowed the agencies to use his property, a lot next to Smoke Shack on US 23 at Allen.

"We appreciate Mr. Hall's cooperation," Brian Howard said. "When the community works with us like this, our emphasis on making the roads more safe becomes easier."