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Kentucky State Police Stress Highway Safety During Labor Day Travel

(Frankfort, Kentucky) - As motorists take to the roads for the last holiday of the summer, the Kentucky State Police is boosting its efforts to promote travel safety and save lives. As a result, increased highway patrols and traffic safety checkpoints are planned throughout the Commonwealth during the three-day holiday period, which begins at Friday, August 29 at 6 p.m. and ends Monday, Sept. 1 at 11:59 p.m.

"Last year, 11 people died in 11 separate traffic accidents on Kentucky's roadways during the Labor Day holiday," notes KSP Commissioner Patrick N. Simpson. "Two of those fatalities involved alcohol and nine were not using safety belts. Consequently, we will continue to use all the resources at our disposal to help stop this needless loss of life."

Simpson listed several steps the agency is taking to enhance its visibility while reminding drivers to slow down and buckle up including operating all department vehicles with headlights on, utilizing all sworn officers, even those not normally assigned to highway duty, and targeting areas such as interstates and parkways, roadways leading to boat ramps and waterways and high risk locations for alcohol and speed-related crashes.

As part of its enforcement efforts, the Kentucky State Police will also be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a coalition of law enforcement agencies across the country who combine their efforts to deter the three key causes of highway fatalities: speeding, impaired driving and failure to use safety belts.

"Our troopers will be focusing on these violations, especially impaired driving," notes Simpson. "Kentucky has a strict, no tolerance policy regarding driving while intoxicated. Operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08 shall result in immediate arrest even for a first time offense."

Troopers will be coordinating their enforcement activities with local police and sheriff's offices as well, adds Simpson. They'll also be using video equipment and passive alcohol sensors to assist their efforts to combat alcohol-impaired driving.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety during the holiday period by reporting drivers suspected of being alcohol-impaired to the Kentucky State Police toll free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). "Just provide a vehicle description, direction of travel and a license number," says Simpson. "We'll do the rest."

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