Department of Highways, District 10
Drive Smart enforcement blitz planned April 13-19 for KY 15 corridor in Breathitt, Perry and Wolfe counties
JACKSON, KY – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Transportation Safety has a message for motorists traveling KY 15 in Breathitt, Perry and Wolfe counties: Wear your seat belts, obey the speed limit, and don’t drive while intoxicated.
To help reinforce that message and reduce the number of traffic accidents, the Cabinet's Drive Smart program will be coordinating a KY 15 Safety Corridor enforcement blitz in the three counties during a weeklong effort beginning Sunday, April 13.
During the blitz, special education and law enforcement activities will seek to increase compliance with Kentucky's traffic laws while decreasing crashes. This effort is aimed at cutting the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities along a highway that carries a high volume of personal and commercial traffic through Kentucky's mountains.
The safety corridor area covered by the blitz runs along KY 15 and the KY 15 Spur from the Mountain Parkway in Wolfe County near Campton to the Perry-Knott county line south of Hazard. This section of KY 15 is primarily a two-lane route, with passing lanes on hills and some four-lane sections in Perry County. The speed limit is 55 mph in rural areas, with lower speed limits in the Campton, Jackson and Hazard areas. There are at least three active construction zones along the corridor, where speed limits may be reduced.
Working with KYTC's Department of Transportation Safety and the Kentucky River Area Development District, law enforcement agencies in the three counties will aggressively patrol KY 15 and will establish safety checkpoints along the highway. The officers will be looking for drivers committing offenses such as speeding, reckless driving, improper passing and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“Violations such as failure to wear seat belts, improperly restraining children, having improper equipment or failure to have insurance will be strictly enforced during the blitz,” said Chuck Knowles, acting commissioner of the Department of Transportation Safety. “Our goal, however, is not just to write tickets, but to improve safety along the route,” Knowles added.
Participating agencies include Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Jackson Police Department, Hazard Police Department, Campton Police Department, Wolfe County's Sheriff's Office, Breathitt County Sheriff's Office and Perry County Sheriff's Office.
During the blitz, portable visual radar units will be placed along KY 15 to notify drivers of their speed and as a reminder for them to obey the posted speed limit. Electronic message boards and temporary signage will also be used to alert drivers to the enforcement emphasis.
The KY 15 Safety Corridor is one of 13 corridors identified for special emphasis in collision reduction through a data-driven process by the Governor's Executive Committee on Highway Safety. Other initiatives that have been undertaken along the corridor include surveying high school students on their seat belt usage habits, installing signs reminding drivers to buckle up at the exits to several high school campuses and installing signs noting KY 15's designation as an official safety corridor.
“KY 15 is the most heavily traveled highway in our 10-county district,” said Tim Adams, chief district engineer for the Transportation Cabinet’s Highway District 10. “Several portions of it carry more than twice the amount of traffic than the busiest sections of the Mountain Parkway. The amount and type of traffic on this road made it an ideal route for selection as a safety corridor. Our Drive Smart program is very active in bringing the message of highway safety to drivers in this area, and the corridor blitz is one way that we can partner with other agencies to help stress the importance of safe driving and obeying traffic laws.”
Visit http://drivesmart.ky.gov for more information on safety corridors and other Drive Smart programs.