Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement
KVE AND FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINSTRATION LAUNCH MAJOR ENFORCEMENT BLITZ “DON’T GET A TICKET, LEAVE MORE SPACE”

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 05, 2007  
Contact Information:  Stacy Floden
Information Officer
502-564-8220
 


Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Commissioner Greg Howard conducting a press conference in Northern Kentucky FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE) Commissioner Gregory Howard along with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator John Hill today announced a major enforcement blitz in Northern Kentucky at the Kenton County Weigh Station.  The “Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks” campaign will educate motorists on the importance of leaving more space on the roadways.  

"The TACT program serves to crack down on aggressive drivers and highlight why driving around large trucks warrants extra care," Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator John H. Hill stated. "Trucks need extra time and extra space to change lanes or come to a complete stop. By giving trucks the room they need, we can prevent crashes and save lives. Sharing the road safely is every driver's responsibility."

“The real tragedy is that crashes are largely preventable.  Law enforcement can’t make drivers more attentive to what’s going on around them, but they can and will crack down on motorists” said KVE Commissioner Gregory Howard.  “Through intensified and cooperative enforcement efforts like “Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks,” we will make every effort available to reduce crashes and fatalities in the Commonwealth.  We want the public to be safe, that is our jobs.” 
Statistics in recent years for Kentucky show approximately 72 percent of all commercial motor vehicle (CMV) involved fatal crashes are caused by a non-CMV driver.  Beginning this month and running throughout the year, law enforcement officers will be focusing enforcement efforts in some of Kentucky’s most dangerous interstate corridors where commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles historically crash together. Violations including excessive speeding, improper lane changing, reckless driving and not leaving sufficient space around all vehicles will be strictly enforced.

"I commend the law enforcement officers at the local and state level for working together and taking a proactive approach in making travel on our highways safe," said Senator Dick Roeding (R-Lakeside Park).  "The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks campaign, like other similar highway safety efforts, is a good start.  Together with the support and funding we can change the safety culture on our roads and continue working to make Kentucky a safer place." 

Law enforcement agencies are working together along with judicial, industry and safety representatives to educate drivers on the effects of unsafe driving.  This project will focus on violations by all drivers in two of the worst CMV-involved crash corridors in Kentucky.

• Boone/Kenton Counties:  Interstate 75 (Interstate 75 from Ohio River to I-71/75 Interchange)

• Jefferson/Bullitt Counties:  Interstate 65 (Watterson Expressway 264 to mile marker 110 near Lebanon Junction)

The Department of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement is also erecting highway signs in the focused enforcement corridors informing motorists, “Don’t Get a Ticket, Leave More Space.”  Tractor trailers from M&M Cartage and Online Transport have been wrapped head to toe with the TACT campaign visuals.  These commercial motor vehicles will travel the corridor areas in northern Kentucky and Jefferson/Bullitt Counties.  The trucks serve as a visual testimony to the public of the trucking industry’s support for this project.

Planning this project are representatives from the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Kentucky State Police, U.S. Department of Transportation, Louisville Metro Police Department, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Trimarc, Artimis, FMSCA, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation Safety, Kentucky Motor Transport Association and Kentucky Transportation Center at the University of Kentucky.  This program, which is 80% federally funded, will place law enforcement officers in the listed corridors to aggressively enforce violations.   


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Editor’s Note: To schedule a ride-a-long with a Department of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Officer please call the Public Affairs Office at (502) 564-8220 or (502) 435-3963.