KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
KSP Cracked Down On Impaired Drivers Over Holiday Weekend
Date of News Release: 03/24/08
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - KSP announced the results of an impaired driving enforcement effort held Saturday night that included Pike, Laurel and Muhlenberg counties. 'Operation Egg Hunt' targeted regions where driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs has become more predominant. All three Posts held safety check points that included KSP road troopers, canine units and drug recognition specialists.
Captain Tim Lucas, commander for KSP Highway Safety Branch, coordinated the tri-county enforcement event.
"Operation Egg Hunt was successful and sent a message to drivers that Kentucky State Police are cracking down on impaired driving - whether it is alcohol or drugs," Lucas said.
Preliminary statistics indicate that the three-county operation netted 108 citations with twenty-four arrests. Fourteen of those arrests were due to persons driving under the influence of drugs while six others were specific to driving under the influence of alcohol.
KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer praised the enforcement efforts this weekend and pledged that the agency would continue to aggressively target impaired drivers.
"Driving while impaired is a violent crime. Those who endanger themselves and the lives of others should know that they will pay a serious price. It's not worth the risk," said Brewer.
Operation Egg Hunt was funded through a grant received from the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI).
Jennifer Shearer serves as the NADDI Chapter President for Kentucky.
"The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) is pleased to have assisted the Kentucky State Police in the funding of Operation Egg Hunt. This type of law enforcement effort is extremely important considering the prescription drug epidemic the State of Kentucky is currently facing."
In 2006, the KSP crime lab tested 7,532 DUI cases for drugs. Sixty-three percent of those tested positive for controlled substances. Approximately 355,000 Kentuckians use prescription drugs for non-medicinal purposes. The Commonwealth leads the nation in this area.
KSP reports that in 2007 there were 3,153 driving under the influence of drugs citations and 7,343 driving under the influence of alcohol citations written.
"We believe that a strong show of force like this in select areas leaves an imprint with citizens in these communities," added Lucas. "Not only does it send a message to those who drive impaired, but also to the people who live in these areas that KSP is aware of their concerns and actively doing something about it."
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state).