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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

KSP Stepping Up Enforcement Efforts Over Labor Day Holiday

Date of News Release: 09/03/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Kentuckians will see a lot of 'gray' over the Labor Day Holiday weekend as KSP implements statewide high visibility enforcement efforts. According to KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer, the bulk of the agency's troopers will be assigned to traffic patrol duty during this time period, which begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4 and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Monday Sept. 7.

"As part of the nationwide 'Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." campaign, troopers will be maximizing their efforts to save lives by arresting impaired drivers, ticketing speeders and enforcing the seat belt law.

With the increased manpower, KSP troopers will be conducting saturation patrols and safety checkpoints," says KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "You'll see more troopers on the road and enforcement will be stringent," he adds. "Impaired drivers will be arrested and motorists exceeding posted speed limits or not using seat belts will be ticketed."

"Many lives can be saved if motorists follow three simple rules this Labor Day weekend," added Brewer. "Slow down, buckle up and don't drive while impaired."

KSP also plans to keep a sharp eye out for commercial vehicle compliance during the 78-hour holiday period. Lt. Col. Mitch Bailey, Director of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) Division says his officers will not hesitate to pull trucks over that are speeding, driving aggressively or deemed unsafe.

"In addition to strict commercial vehicle speed enforcement, Officers will concentrate their efforts on unsafe tractor trailers and will issue an out-of-service order to any of these vehicles found to be unsafe," said Bailey.

During last year's Labor Day holiday; there were 13 fatal crashes and 279 injuries on Kentucky's roadways.

As of Sept. 3, a total of 516 people have died on Kentucky roads during 2009. One-hundred and thirteen of these victims were the result of crashes that involved the use of alcohol. Two-hundred and twenty-eight were not wearing seat belts.

"Kentucky has a zero tolerance policy regarding impaired driving," explains Capt. David Jude, Commander of the KSP Highway Safety Branch. "Driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 is illegal, but you can also be arrested for lower levels if you are under 21 years of age or operating a commercial vehicle. If you are going to drive, it's best not to consume any alcohol at all."

"Even first time violators face immediate arrest, which can result in severe financial burdens including court costs, legal fees, higher auto insurance rates and fines. Other consequences, such as loss of license and even imprisonment, could affect employment," says Jude.

Citizens can help save lives by reporting impaired, erratic or speeding drivers to the KSP toll-free hotline at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers will remain anonymous and should provide a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

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