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Operation C.A.R.E

Date of News Release: 11/22/2005

(Henderson, KY) - As a part of nationwide traffic enforcement program the Kentucky State Police post in Henderson will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). This programs focus is on three key causes of traffic fatalities: speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraint systems. This holiday is one of the most traveled times of the year on Kentucky's roadways.

Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23rd and ending at 11:59 on Sunday, November 27th, the KSP will be coordinating enforcement efforts with local law enforcement to conduct traffic safety checkpoints and speed enforcement details.

During the four day 2004 Thanksgiving holiday period, there were 1,462 motor vehicle crashes in Kentucky. Sixteen people died and 410 were injured. Of the 16 fatalities, 11 were not wearing a safety belt. Through November 21, 876 people have died on Kentucky's roadways, which is eight more than for the same reporting period last year.

The KSP post in Henderson, which covers 6 counties, Ohio, McLean, Union Daviess, Henderson and Hancock. Our officers will be working over time to step up their enforcement efforts. The post area currently has had 33 fatalities compared to 35 for the same reporting period in 2004.

As the holiday begins, prepare yourself and your family for a thankful Thanksgiving, plan ahead and allow for safe travel time to reach your destination.

"Buckle Up, Slow Down and Don't Drink and Drive"

To report a reckless or impaired driver call 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Give as much information as possible, license plate, location and direction of travel. You do not have to give your name.

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