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Impaired Drivers Face "No Tolerance" Enforcement During New Year's Holiday

Date of News Release: 12/29/2005

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - The Kentucky State Police will maintain a highly visible presence on the state's roadways during the New Year holiday, which begins at 6:00 P.M. on Friday, December 30 and ends at 11:59 P.M. on Monday, January 2, 2006. With Kentucky traffic fatalities reaching 965** for the year, state troopers will be out in force during this time period conducting traffic safety checkpoints and saturation patrols to detect, arrest and prosecute impaired drivers to the fullest extent of the law.

Last year, eight (8) people in Kentucky lost their lives in seven (7) separate crashes during a three-day New Year's holiday period. Six (6) of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Alcohol was a factor in two of the crashes.

As part of the nationwide "You Drink & Drive. You Lose" campaign, which started December 19 and runs through January 1, 2006, the Kentucky State Police will coordinate its efforts with local law enforcement agencies to target high crash locations. This program is a comprehensive prevention effort focused on highly visible traffic enforcement activities to deter impaired driving. Officers will utilize video equipment as well as passive alcohol sensors to assist efforts to combat alcohol-impaired driving.

Kentucky has a no tolerance stance regarding impaired driving. Impairment begins with the first drink and impaired driving is against the law, period. There will be no warnings or second chances given. Operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 can result in immediate arrest even for a first offense. Impaired drivers can lose their licenses, time from their jobs and lose money due to fines and high court costs. They can also face possible imprisonment for repeat offenses, assault and vehicular manslaughter.

Citizens to help keep the state's roadways safe by reporting drivers suspected of being alcohol-impaired. Call the Kentucky State Police toll free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state) and provide a direction of travel, vehicle description and a license number, if possible. Caller identification is not required.

**These fatalities are those reported as of 12-29-05. In 2004 964 people were killed on Kentucky's roads. The current fatality count of 965 makes 2005 the deadliest year on Kentucky's road since 1,117 people were killed in traffic crashes in 1973.

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