TFC Corey King
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 16, Henderson
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New Year's is a Time to be Careful with Alcohol
Date of News Release: 12/28/2004
(Henderson, KY) - With the holidays coming to a close, we will be finishing a time of the year where alcohol consumption and drinking and driving are at their highest. Ironically, the time we consider the best for our family unity and friendship often leads to destroying those same families and friends. Over 17,000 people die each year in alcohol related crashes in the United States on our nations roadways. This holiday season area law enforcement will join together to combat this serious issue, people shouldn't being dying on our highways. "Drinking and driving is a choice", and we plan on being out on the highways trying our best to prevent this from occurring. Across Kentucky, we have had 951 people killed in car crashes, which is well above last year's total of 923 for the same period. Drivers inattention contributes for 41% of all crashes, this is a number everyone can reduce. Allow enough space between you and the vehicle you are following, don't talk on your cell phone, slow down and obey all speed limits, don't drink and drive and always wear your seatbelt. A seatbelt is your best protection you have against a drunk driver.
The Kentucky State Police offer tips for you on this joyous holiday, to celebrate sober are the only answer to a national problem. It is estimated that 10 million Americans under the age of 21 have consumed alcohol. If you are hosting a New Year's Eve party, following a few simple rules will save someone you love.
- Preplanning the event should start by using a "designated driver", make this your responsibility as the host.
- Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guest, this is much cheaper than a trip to the hospital.
- Avoid serving salty foods
- Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guest
- Stop serving alcohol to your guest several hours before the party ends
- Provide your guest with a place to stay overnight in your home.
To report a possible drunk driver contact the Kentucky State Police at 826-3312 or 685-3927. Give a description of the vehicle and the direction of travel, license plate numbers. Your call will remain anonymous.