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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-89-012
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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: EXPAND THE USE OF SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS BY THE KENTUCKY STATE POLICE, AND ENCOURAGE AND ASSIST LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO DO THE SAME.
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. The Kentucky State Police (KSP) conduct sobriety checkpoints on a routine basis, defined as weekly or a time determined by the post commander, in high crash locations throughout the State. Local law enforcement agencies have their own policies concerning checkpoints, but they work with the KSP for special enforcement waves. For example, the KSP Governor's Highway Safety Program coordinated enforcement efforts with local law enforcement agencies for the "You Drink and Drive . . . You Lose" campaign, which was conducted in cooperation with NHTSA over a 2-week period around the 2002 Labor Day weekend. Statewide, law enforcement agencies conducted 666 checkpoints, of which the KSP conducted 410 and local agencies conducted 256. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation H-89-12 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: NTSB
To: Commonwealth of Kentucky
Date: 8/20/1990
Response: H-89-12 REQUESTED THAT THE KENTUCKY STATE POLICE EXPAND THE USE OF SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS & ASSIST LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN DOING THE SAME. YOUR RESPONSE INDICATES THAT THE KENTUCKY STATE POLICE ARE USING SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS PRIMARILY DURING HOLIDAY PERIODS. IN THAT REGARD, WE WOULD APPRECIATE RECEIVING ADDITIONAL INFO CONCERNING KENTUCKY'S EFFORTS TO EXPAND THE USE OF SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CALENDER YEAR & CONCERNING YOUR STATE'S EFFORTS TO ENCOURAGE & ASSIST LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN DOING THE SAME. PENDING FURTHER RESPONSE, THIS RECOMMENDATION WILL BE CLASSIFIED AS "OPEN--ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE."

From: Commonwealth of Kentucky
To: NTSB
Date: 5/16/1990
Response: KENTUCKY STATE POLICE ARE USING PERIODIC SOBRIETY CHECK POINTS, PRIMARILY DURING HOLIDAY PERIODS. REGRETFULLY, AN OFFICER OF THE ALBANY, KENTUCKY POLICY DEPARTMENT WAS KILLED RECENTLY WHILE OPERATING A SOBRIETY CHECK POINT WHEN HE WAS STRUCK BY A MOTORIST.

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