Department of Highways District One
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and State Park Officials Team Up to Encourage Visitors to “Drive Smart”

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 12, 2005  
Contact Information:  CONTACT:
Keith Todd
Public Information Officer
Districts One and Two
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
270-898-2431 Ext. 233

Gilbertsville, KY –(August 12, 2005) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and the Kentucky Department of Parks are teaming up to promote driver safety.  A new “Drive Smart” sign is now installed at the exit of Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park to promote safety belt use. 


“The new signs are a great advocate for driver safety across the state of Kentucky,” said Dan Barnett, Director of Kentucky’s Drive Smart program.  “We want to reach out to park visitors and remind them to be safe and to drive smart when returning home from their visit at one of our beautiful state parks.”


Regional Parks Manager Pippi Hardin and U.S. 60 Corridor Safety Team Coordinator Allen Thomas used the unveiling of the Kentucky Dam Village sign to promote both the park and the safe driving initiative.


“Taking a few seconds to buckle your safety belt before you start your car is one of the most important single things you can do to improve your safety whenever you hit the road.  It is our hope these new signs will help remind our visitors to do just that,” Hardin said.


Thomas noted that raising seat belt usage in Kentucky by just 10 percent could save a hundred lives a year, and substantially reduce serious injuries caused by traffic crashes.


“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is constantly working to make our roads safer.  However, it takes a commitment by motorists to buckle up.  In our work to improve safety along our roadways, we constantly see evidence that safety belts save lives and reduce injuries.  These new signs are just another way of reminding you to buckle up,” Thomas said.


In addition to being the U.S. 60 Corridor Safety Team coordinator, Thomas is a transportation planner for Kentucky Department of Highways District One.


The new signs include the Kentucky State Parks logo, the Drive Smart logo and the Kentucky Unbridled Spirit brand.  There will be fifty of the new signs put up in Kentucky’s State Parks.


“This is an extremely busy time of year for our state parks,” said Parks Commissioner George Ward.  “Hopefully, these new signs will remind our visitors how important it is to drive smart.  We want to see them back at one of our wonderful resorts next year.”


All of the signs are expected to be installed at Kentucky State Parks by Labor Day weekend.  Nearly eight million people visit Kentucky State Parks each year.