KSP News

March 14th, 2014

The Kentucky State Police Trooper Island raffle features a vehicle ready for work or play this year. Newly re-designed and re-engineered for 2014, the GMC Sierra 1500 SLE pickup includes an Iridium Metallic exterior and Jet Black interior; a four-door, air conditioned crew cab with heated, leather front seats; a 5.3L V8 EcoTec3 engine with 355 horsepower; a six-speed automatic transmission with 4-wheel drive; electric power steering and a five-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty (Visit http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/2014/pr01_13_14.htm for a full list of features and equipment). Tickets are $10 each. For a chance to put this truck to work in your family or business fleet, contact any Kentucky State Trooper, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer or any of the 16 KSP posts located throughout the state. Only 20,000 tickets will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn on August 24th at the Kentucky State Fair. Ticket holders do not have to be present at the drawing to win. Raffle winner is responsible for all tax and license fees.

Trooper Island is a free summer camp for underprivileged boys and girls age 10-12 operated by the Kentucky State Police on Dale Hollow Lake in Clinton County. It is financed entirely by donations, no public funds are used. Each year, the camp hosts approximately 700 children, providing good food, fresh air, recreation, guidance and structured, esteem-building activities designed to build good citizenship and positive relationships with law enforcement officers. Visit www.kentuckystatepolice.org for more information. (Charitable gaming license #0000633.)

Kentucky State Police, Post 10 Harlan, would like to make citizens aware of a current scam going on in Post 10’s coverage area. Harlan County citizens have been receiving phone calls from people that say they are with the U.S. Government Grants Department. The individuals calling want citizens to send money to them in order to receive the grant. They are asking for checking account numbers and credit card information. If anyone contacts you by phone, mail, or e-mail that you don’t know – simply ignore them. These scammers usual prey on the elderly and extort money from them. You can contact Post 10 Harlan for any questions or complaints about scammers.

– The Kentucky State Police is warning cell phone users to be aware of a new scam called “The One-Ring Scam.”  Better Business Bureaus (BBB) across the country are seeing a rash of reports of ‘ring and runs’ on cell phones where returning a missed call from an unknown number may cost you.  KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb says scammers profit from individuals who are curious enough to return that missed call.

“A computer program originating outside the U.S. dials American customers and lets the phone ring one or two times before hanging up,” says Webb. “This is enough time to register on a phone’s missed-calls screen, but typically not enough time for a user to actually answer.”  “Many people who receive a missed call will return the call and that is when their account is charged approximately $20 for the call and $9 for every additional minute.” BBB experts say this is called ‘phone cramming,’ when automated dialers send out thousands of calls to random numbers. Most of the area codes are from the Caribbean Islands, but BBB says there is no way for them to really know where the calls are coming from. Webb advises citizens to refrain from returning calls they do not recognize. “We are encouraging people to review their cell phone statements and contact their cellular carrier immediately if they notice unauthorized charges,” adds Webb.  The following is a list of area codes the BBB said is connected with the scam:

Dominican Republic – 809

Jamaica – 876

British Virgin Islands – 284

Grenada – 473

Aruba – 297

Antigua – 268

The Kentucky State Police, Post 10, Harlan, which provides coverage for Harlan, Bell and Knox counties, will be conducting periodic traffic safety checkpoints at locations approved by the Kentucky State Police Policy and Procedures Manual. These checkpoints will be conducted in an effort to enforce the traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special attention will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), sobriety, insurance and registration violations.

 

KSP Commissioner’s Blog “Did You Know?”

Link to Blog: http://kentuckystatepolice.blogspot.com/

Blog Entry Date: January 16, 2014

Did you know that the year-end traffic fatality count for Kentucky in 2013 was one of the lowest in recent history?  Although 639 people lost their lives on our roadways last year, it was the fewest number of deaths our state has experienced since 1947.  This reduction is even more amazing when you look at the increased number of vehicles on our roadways and the number of miles driven each year.  Amazingly, over twenty-one billionvehicle miles were driven through the Commonwealth last year.  There are numerous reasons for the drastic reduction in traffic deaths in Kentucky:

  • First and foremost is the increased usage in vehicle restraints.  In 1995, vehicle occupants in Kentucky were wearing their seatbelts about 54% of the time as compared to a usage rate of nearly 85% in 2013.  Combined with advancements in shoulder restraint devices, this has significantly increased the survivability rate for those involved in a crash.  Nearly half of the people killed in Kentucky are not seat belted which validates national research that you are fifty percent more likely to survive a crash if you are properly restrained in your vehicle.
  • Child Safety seat usage by parents has increased significantly because of statutory requirements and increased education by law enforcement and health care professionals.  Nearly 98% of the children under 40 inches in height we see riding in a vehicle today are in a federally approved child safety seat.  Although we desperately need a new booster seat law governing older children, we have seen a drastic reduction in child deaths because of child safety seats.
  • Because of increased enforcement, stronger statutes, and better community awareness, our impaired driving fatality rate has been nearly cut in half over the past two decades.  The overall number of crashes involving an impaired driver has been reduced nearly 25% in the past fifteen years.
  • The teenage crash rate has also plummeted thanks to educational/training programs like the mandatory Graduated Licensing Program, “Alive at 25” and the “Drive To Stay Alive” program hosted by the Kentucky State Police each year.
  • Vehicles today are safer than they have ever been.  Various safety advancements coupled with a better ‘crush factor’ give motorists a higher chance of survival by ‘riding down’ the crash versus coming to an abrupt stop.
  • Improved highway engineering and the addition of crossover barriers on interstates have contributed greatly to the number of survivors who make it home after a crash that otherwise would have been a head-on collision.

Despite the recent reductions, there is much left to do.  Although we have seen a significant drop in fatalities involving a drunken driver, there still were 148 people who lost their lives because of these irresponsible criminals.  Although our seatbelt usage rate continues to climb, statistics show that the night time usage rate amongst 21-35 year olds is extremely low.  What can you do to make our roads safer?

  • First and foremost is to make sure that EVERYONE in your vehicle is properly restrained…….every trip…..every time.
  • Drive defensively and always obey the posted speed limits.
  • Drive sober or make plans to designate a sober driver well before you go out for the evening.  For more information, go to our website and sign up to “HERO” in our designated driver campaign.
  • Report an impaired or erratic driver to our toll free number, 1-800-222-5555.
  • Avoid unnecessary and dangerous distractions like texting.  Twenty percent of ALL crashes that take place in the Commonwealth are attributed to a distracted driver.

As we enter into 2014, the Kentucky State Police and our partners continue efforts to reduce traffic fatalities.  However, history has shown us that the goal of zero deaths in our state is impossible without the help and cooperation of our motoring citizens.

 

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