100 Days of Heat Initiative
Wednesday June 9, 2004
Kentucky State Police Team Up With Louisville Metro Police Department For "100 Days of Heat" Traffic Enforcement Initiative
Release on: Contact: Capt. Lisa Rudzinski
Wednesday, June 9, 2004 Governor's Highway Safety Program
Phone (502) 564-6700
(Frankfort, KY) -- Lietuenant Governor and Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Stephen B. Pence, Louisville Metro Deputy Mayor William Summers IV, Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark L. Miller and Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert C. White today announced details of a new traffic enforcement partnership designed to make highway travel in the Louisville area safer this summer. Lt Governor Stephen B. Pence initiated this partnership after discussions with several elected officials from Louisville Metro, including Mayor Jerry Abramson. The plan assigns Kentucky State Troopers and Louisville Metro Officers to traffic enforcement duties along the major interstate highways leading into the Louisville metro area. Their mission: combat speeding.
"Speeding jeopardizes the lives of innocent Kentuckians and the consequences are severe," said Lt. Governor Pence. "The '100 Days of HEAT' media campaign informs Kentucky motorists that law enforcement officers will be out this summer protecting our highways from reckless drivers. Before you get behind the wheel this summer, please remember to buckle up, driver responsibly and keep our highways accident-free."
"Speeding is a serious problem," said KSP Commissioner Miller. "Throughout the U.S., approximately 14,000 people die each year due to speeding-related crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the economic cost to society of speeding-related crashes is more than $40 billion per year."
According to Miller, driving too fast for road conditions or exceeding the stated speed limit contributes to about 24 percent of all fatal crashes in Kentucky. "In 2002, there were more than 9,000 speeding-related crashes in the state with 179 resulting in fatalities," he said.
Throughout the summer, KSP troopers will concentrate on three major interstate highways in the Louisville Metro Area: I-71 from the Jefferson County line to the Gene Snyder Highway (841), I-64 from the Jefferson County line to Blankenbaker Lane and I-65 from the Jefferson County line to the Outer Loop.
"We greatly appreciate the assistance of the Kentucky State Police in this matter and are looking forward to this joint enforcement effort," said Louisville Metro Chief of Police Robert White. "It is our belief that slowing traffic down as it flows into the metro area will greatly reduce injury and fatal accidents."
The increased KSP patrols are part of the federally-funded "100 Days of Heat" campaign, a multi-state, summer-long traffic enforcement mobilization to reduce the number of crash fatalities and injuries resulting from speed, impaired driving and safety belt violations. The campaign will run from June 7 through August 26, bridging the gap between the traditional Memorial Day and Labor Day highway safety programs. Special emphasis will be placed on speed enforcement during the weekends of June 18-20, July 2-4 and August 6-8 and will involve stepped up enforcement by KSP and local agencies statewide.
"While many drivers don't consider speeding to be as dangerous as other risky driving behaviors like impaired driving or not wearing seat belts, studies show that higher travel speeds are responsible for a significant increase in highway traffic deaths," explained KSP Captain Lisa Rudzinski, commander of the Governor's Highway Safety Program. "Speeding reduces a driver's ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway. It extends the distance required to stop a vehicle and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a dangerous situation."
A new television commercial, which features Lt. Gov. Pence and Kentucky law enforcement officers and targets speeding, impaired driving and seat belt violations, will support the "100 Days of Heat" summer driving enforcement program.