ky trans 300CADIZ, Ky. (7/30/13) – The Cadiz Police Department has received an $8,200 grant to continue its traffic safety program into the year 2014.
It marks the sixth consecutive year the CPD has received the grant from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety. The funds will be used to pay for officer overtime hours and fuel during the course of increased patrol in high crash and speed-related areas of the city.
“We are honored to once again receive this grant and put it to use in helping reduce the crash rate in the city,” said Chief Chad Grace. “The numbers have shown the traffic program to be successful, and we want to continue that.
The money will be used to fund officer overtime to enforce traffic laws, fuel reimbursement, and annual training at the Kentucky Lifesavers Conference held each year in Louisville.
In the five years from 2002 to 2007 before the CPD created the traffic safety program, the agency investigated an annual average of 23 injury crashes that injured 35 people. Since creating the traffic safety program with the help of grant monies, the CPD has investigated an annual average of 15 injury crashes that injure 22 people – nearly a 53-percent decrease.
“We have identified the areas of the city with high crash rates and used the manpower to increase patrols to look for aggressive and impaired drivers,” said Sgt. Scott Brown, who oversees the traffic safety program. “However, we have seen an increase in both crashes and injury crashes in 2013. We are working to identify what leads to these crashes and will adjust the manpower accordingly”
The main contributing factors in crashes are driver inattention, driver distraction, following too close, and failing to yield the right of way.
The CPD is working with the Kentucky Department of Highways to identify areas of the city along Main Street and state routes which may need signage. One such location was South Road between Main Street and the U.S. 68 bypass. Speed limit signs have now been erected to slow drivers down as they enter the city limits at the stoplight downtown.
“We just want people to be mindful of the traffic laws and other vehicles so that we can keep the crash rate low,” said Chief Grace.
SurfKY News
Information provided by Sgt. Scott Brown

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Arbor Day Celebration Set for April 3

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (3/30/15) — The City of Madisonville and the Madisonville City Tree Board will host an Arbor Day… Read More

Christian County Traffic Advisory

CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. (3/30/15) — The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans daytime closures along a section of… Read More

Most Read This Week

March 27, 2015 5931

Three Arrested during Execution of Search…

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 25, 2015 5448

Fazoli's, Roses Coming to Madisonville

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 5196

One Dies, Another Injured in Mortons Gap Traffic…

by Deputy Heath Owens
March 25, 2015 5131

Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in Bean…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 4293

UPDATE: One Injured in Hopkinsville Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 25, 2015 4140

Madisonville Man's Living Room Leap Lands Him in…

by Madisonville Police Department / Hopkins County Detention Center

Most Read This Month

March 09, 2015 13897

Multi-Agency Drug Bust Results in $1 Million Meth…

March 02, 2015 11646

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Today

March 30, 2015 3614

Man Charged with Child Abuse After Allegedly…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 30, 2015 2221

Juvenile Arrested for Cruelty to Animals

by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
March 30, 2015 1992

Two Charged in Bremen Meth Bust

by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
March 30, 2015 1829

Man Charged for Selling Drugs from Red Cardinal…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 30, 2015 1577

Report of Suspicious Man Ends with PI, Meth…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 29, 2015 1265

Huge Turnout Joins to Support Shanice Bean Family

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 29, 2015 1117

Should Inactivity be Classified as a Disease?

by Mallory Powell
March 30, 2015 951

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - March 30,…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 29, 2015 923

Covenant Community Church Hosts Annual…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 29, 2015 859

North American Stainless to Make $150 Million…

by Office of the Governor