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Police encouraging caution after two pedestrians struck on 44

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By The Staff

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - For the second time in 3 days, the Shepherdsville Police Department is investigating a pedestrian struck accident on Highway 44 East.

    Both accidents occurred as pedestrians were crossing the street during hours of low light and were within a mile of one another.

    “Vehicles and pedestrians cannot occupy the same space at the same time, and when they try the pedestrians always lose,” said Shepherdsville Police Chief Doug Puckett.

    “While not all accidents can be prevented, both drivers and pedestrians can reduce the chances of accidents by paying attention to the roadways and what is around them. Drivers need to focus on driving. Pedestrians need to look at all vehicles traveling in all directions, and not just when crossing roadways but walking along them as well.”

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Office of Highway Safety encourages caution on the road, offering the following safe driving tips:

Who Has The Right-Of-Way?

   

    According to the National Safety Council, approximately 14% of all fatal motor

vehicle crashes involve a driver’s failure to yield the right-of-way. Right-of-way

refers to a motorist’s right to cross an intersection ahead of another vehicle.

e- At four-way, three-way, or two-way stops, the car reaching the intersection and stopping first goes first.

e- When two cars reach an uncontrolled intersection at the same time, the car on the right

should have the right-of-way.

e- Drivers turning left must yield to oncoming vehicles that are going straight or turning right.

e- Drivers entering a traffic circle or roundabout must yield to drivers already in the circle.

e- Drivers on a minor road must yield to drivers on a main road.

Drivers must yield to pedestrians under the following conditions:

e- When pedestrians are at a marked or unmarked crosswalk and there is no traffic light

e- When turning a corner and pedestrians are crossing with the light

e- In any situation that could threaten the pedestrian’s safety

   

    In every situation, the right-of-way is something that is to be given, not taken. If

another driver is not following the rules, be safe and let them have the right-of way,

even if it really belongs to you.

   

    Kentucky law states a funeral procession has the right-of-way if led by a vehicle with flashing yellow, red or blue lights. You must not drive between the procession, turn on your headlights, or engage in any other act for the purpose of securing right-of-way. Violation of this law could mean a $250 fine or 90 days in jail.

How To Handle Skids

   

    If your vehicle begins to skid, don’t panic! Here is how to regain control:

e- Release the brake or accelerator.

e- If you are skidding in a straight line and have to use the brakes, DO NOT brake hard. If you have anti-lock brakes, apply steady pressure. If not, apply firm pressure until you feel the brakes ready to lock and let up. Then, reapply pressure. This is called “threshold braking.”

e- If you begin to skid sideways, look and steer in the direction you want to go. This will allow the front of the vehicle to line up with the back.

e- As soon as the vehicle begins to straighten, gently turn the wheel back to prevent skidding in the opposite direction. Continue to correct your steering until you recover. BE CAREFUL not to overcorrect which will cause you to lose control and possibly force the vehicle to slide sideways and roll over.

See And Be Seen

e- Look ahead. Scan the road and establish a “visual lead” of 20 to 30 seconds ahead.

e- Keep a “Space Cushion.” Maintain a three to four second gap between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. When a driver makes a mistake, you need time to react. The following distance should increase as your speed increases.

e- Signal your intentions. When turning, use signal at least 100 feet before the turn. When changing lanes, use your turn signal, glance over your shoulder to check the “blind spot”, then make sure the wheels of the vehicle behind you are clearly visible in the rear-view mirror before re-entering the lane.

e- Be aware. Check rearview and side mirrors approximately 10 times per minute and speedometer approximately once per minute.

e- Use your headlights. Driving with your headlights on doubles the distance at which you can be seen.

Inclement Weather

e- Clean your vehicle. Remove snow, ice, or frost from all headlights, taillights, mirrors

and windows before you start to drive. If humidity is high, condensation may build inside on your windows. Turn on the defroster and open a window slightly. The air conditioner should be on to dry out the atmosphere.

e- Adjust your speed. Slippery roads don’t provide the grip your tires need, so adjustments must be made by the driver. If the road is wet, reduce speed by five to ten miles an hour. If it’s snowing, reduce speed by half. If ice is on the road and you must drive, slow down to at least five to ten miles an hour. AVOID USING CRUISE CONTROL IN WET, SNOWY, OR ICY CONDITIONS!

e- Increase your “Space Cushion.” Keep at least a five second stopping distance, compared to a three to four second stopping distance when conditions are favorable.

e- Adjust to visibility restrictions. In heavy rain, snow, or thick fog you may not see more than 100 feet ahead. If so, you cannot safely drive faster than 25 miles per hour. To help, use low-beam headlights.

Did You Know?

    When vision is obscured by fog, high beams are not used because the particles of moisture in the fog act like a reflective sign. The more intense light is reflected at a higher angle, back into the driver’s eyes.

Adjust Your Seating Position

e- Shoulders should be even with the top of your steering wheel

e- Chest should be no closer than 12 inches to the steering wheel airbag. (Airbags inflate at a speed of over 100 miles per hour.)

e- The steering wheel airbag section should be pointed at your chest

e- The top of the head restraint should be at least as high as the top of the head.

Adjust Your Mirrors

e- Driver side: Tilt your head to the left until it rests against the window and adjust the mirror to barely see the side of the vehicle.

e- Passenger side: Tilt your head to the right until it is under the rear view mirror and adjust the mirror to barely see the side of the vehicle.

e- Rear: Frame rear window with rear view mirror

    For more information, check the KY Transportation Cabinet, KY Office of Highway Safety website at http://highwaysafety.ky.gov/, or contact the Shepherdsville Police Department at 502-921-1000, 502-957-1001.