Operation Crash Reduction runs Oct. 7-10

Operation Crash Reduction (Source: KYTC)
Operation Crash Reduction (Source: KYTC)

(KBSI) – Operation Crash Reduction is a campaign in Kentucky to help drivers and passengers remember the importance of seat belt use and other safe driving practices.

Law enforcement will conduct a high-visibility enforcement campaign to emphasize seat belt use, from Oct. 7 through Oct. 10 to save lives and prevent injuries due to traffic crashes.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), state and local law enforcement and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are teaming up to support this operation.

KYTC Secretary Jim Gray says this specialized campaign focuses on the importance of buckling up.

“If you are involved in a crash, properly fastened child seats and seat belts provide the best defense against injury or death,” said Gray.

OCR is focused on NHTSA Region 3, consisting of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia — a region that sees some of the nation’s highest numbers of traffic deaths.

From 2015 to 2019, October was the most likely month for deadly crashes in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, with 1,785 crashes.

In these deadly crashes, more than 46 percent of occupant deaths in passenger vehicles, trucks and buses were unrestrained. During that same period in these states, more deadly crashes occurred on Columbus Day weekend (253) than during the holiday periods of Thanksgiving or Memorial Day.

Last year there were 229 injuries and 10 deaths on Kentucky roadways during the Oct. 8-11 holiday weekend, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

According to NHTSA, when worn correctly, seat belts reduce the risk of fatalities by 45 percent for front-seat vehicle occupants and by 60 percent for pickup truck, SUV and minivan occupants.

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