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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-89-009
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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: AMEND THE CURRENT DRIVING-UNDER-THE-INFLUENCE LAWS TO PROHIBIT THE REDUCTION OR ELIMINATION OF A LICENSING PENALTY IF A CONVICTED OFFENDER ENROLLS IN AN EDUCATION OR TREATMENT PROGRAM. PARTICIPATION IN THESE PROGRAMS SHOULD BE REQUIRED IN ADDITION TO APPROPRIATE LICENSING OR OTHER PENALTIES.
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)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Kentucky
Date: 3/18/2004
Response: Notation 7613 administratively closed this recommendation on 3/18/2004. If an offender does not complete Kentucky's court-ordered program, the court reinstates all penalties previously imposed, but suspended or delayed. Participation is also a condition of license reinstatement. Although DWI offenders can obtain a hardship license, they must serve the minimum license suspension period required by law. Staff did not identify any provision that allows the court to reduce or eliminate the license suspension based on the offender's participation in an educational or treatment program, and such programs are mandatory for first offenders. Safety Recommendation H-89-9 is therefore 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: