LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Six agencies across three states - including Kentucky State Police at Post 11 - amped up vehicular law enforcement this past weekend in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities, according to a recent press release.
Officially titled the I-75 Challenge, members of KSP Post 11 were joined by Tennessee Highway Patrol, Ohio State Patrol, Georgia Highway Patrol, Michigan State Police and Florida Highway Patrol along the I-75 corridor.
The six agencies paid special attention to areas such as speed, seat belt use, sobriety, distracted driving by electronic devices, as well as enforcement of the “Move Over Law,” which is established to protect peace officers as well as those pulled over to the shoulder for an emergency.
The amped up enforcement took place Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29. The International Association of Chiefs of Police orchestrated the campaign as part of a mission to reduce traffic related deaths in the US by 15 percent in 2014.
According to figures gathered by the Kentucky State Police, there were 638 traffic related deaths throughout the Commonwealth in 2013. This was a drop from the 746 in 2012.
While official numbers on 2013 traffic fatalities throughout the country will not be released until the end of this year, the National Safety Council has estimated nationwide numbers around 35,200, which is about 3 percent less than 2012 but one percent higher than 2011. This would also mean this past weekend's effort - if successful - prevented at least 5,280 deaths.
For more information on the I-75 Challenge, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov or contact KSP at Post 11 by calling (606) 878-6622.