Officials with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety will be teaming up with state and local law enforcement to kick off the annual Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass campaign.
The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about traffic safety laws and encourage safe driving habits and decrease fatalities and injuries on roadways across the state.
Officials say there were 65 fatalities in June 2012, compared to 73 in June 2013 and that half of those who killed were not wearing seat belts, 20 percent involved an impaired driver and 70 percent of those killed in motorcycle crashes were not wearing a helmet.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that when 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.
Officials say Kentucky’s roadway fatalities increased for the first time in seven years, going from 721 deaths in 2011 to 746 in 2012.
Officials say more than half of those killed in motor vehicles were not restrained, 20 percent involved an impaired driver and 53 percent were motorcyclists not wearing a helmet.
Officials are reminding area motorists to always obey traffic laws and to pay attention to the roadway and not text and drive.