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Safety Recommendation H-89-008
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Synopsis: ABOUT 10:55 P.M. EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME ON MAY 14, 1988, A PICKUP TRUCK TRAVELING NORTHBOUND IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES OF INTERSTATE 71 STRUCK HEAD-ON A CHURCH ACTIVITY BUS TRAVELING SOUTHBOUND IN THE LEFT LANE OF THE HIGHWAY NEAR CARROLLTON, KENTUCKY. THE CHURCH BUS FUEL TANK WAS PUNCTURED DURING THE COLLISION SEQUENCE, AND A FIRE ENSUED, ENGULFING THE ENTIRE BUS. THE BUSDRIVER AND 26 BUS PASSENGERS WERE FATALLY INJURED. THIRTY-FOUR BUS PASSENGERS SURVIVED WITH MINOR TO CRITICAL INJURIES, AND SIX WITH NO INJURIES. THE PICKUP TRUCK DRIVER SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE STATE OF KENTUCKY: ENACT THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE DRIVING-UNDER-THE-INFLUENCE (DUI) COMMITTEE FORMED BY THE GOVERNOR TO ASSESS THE CURRENT DUI LAWS. THESE RECOMMENDATIONS COVER ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE REVOCATION, ILLEGAL PER SE, IMPLIED CONSENT AND TESTING, CHEMICAL ANALYSIS, SUSPENDED LICENSES, AND ALCOHOL DRIVER EDUCATION.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Carrollton, KY, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA88MH004
Accident Reports: Pickup Truck/Church Activity Bus Head-on Collision and Fire
Report #: HAR-89-01
Accident Date: 5/14/1988
Issue Date: 7/20/1989
Date Closed: 3/18/2004
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Commonwealth of Kentucky (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Kentucky
Date: 3/18/2004
Response: Notation 7613 administratively closed this recommendation on 3/18/2004. Kentucky has currently enacted four of the six recommendations issued by the Kentucky Governor's DUI committee. Kentucky now has an illegal per se law applicable where the driver's BAC is 0.08 percent or above. Kentucky now also has an implied consent law, which requires consent to one or more tests and subjects the offender to mandatory license revocation and other penalties for test refusal. Kentucky statutes now govern the administration of breath tests and other field sobriety tests, and Kentucky has substantially overhauled its educational and rehabilitation procedures, requiring a minimum program duration of 90 days following a first offense and 1 year following a subsequent offense. Kentucky does not, however, require ALR or have a comprehensive license suspension law. The issue of ALR is currently addressed in the Board's recommendation on hard core drinking drivers. Therefore, given that Kentucky has taken important steps to strengthen its DWI laws, Safety Recommendation H-89-8 is classified "Closed-Acceptable Action."

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Kentucky
Date: 12/7/1990
Response:

From: Commonwealth of Kentucky
To: NTSB
Date: 9/26/1990
Response: GOVERNOR WILKINSON RECOUNTS THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND EXPERIENCE WITH SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS AND AN INNOVATIVE METHOD FOR EDUCATING LEGISLATORS OF THE DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED PROBLEM BY INVITING LEGISLATORS TO RIDE WITH POLICE. NO INFORMATION IS PROVIDED ON THE NUMBER OF LEGISLATORS WHO HAVE ACCEPTED. NO SPECIFIC INFORMATION IS PROVIDED ON THE NUMBER OF CHECK POINTS OPERATED DURING THE LABAR DAY WEEKEND OR THE INCORPORATION OF CHECKPOINTS INTO YEAR ROUND KENTUCKY STATE POLICE AND LOCAL POLICE OPERATIONS. GOVERNOR WILKINSON FORWARDED OUR AUGUST 20, 1990, LETTER TO THE SECRETARY OF THE JUSTICE CABINET FOR REVIEW AND A MORE DETAILED RESPONSE.

From: Commonwealth of Kentucky
To: NTSB
Date: 5/16/1990
Response:

From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Kentucky
Date: 2/28/1990
Response: