TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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Date of News Release: 12/16/2005
Madisonville, KY - Troopers will be out in full force looking for and cracking down on impaired drivers this holiday season. The holiday season is one of the deadliest and most dangerous times of the year due to an increase in drunk driving. Troopers will be working overtime with increased traffic safety checkpoints and saturation patrols to catch and arrest anyone who is driving while impaired. Troopers will be observing for violations of the seatbelt and child restraint laws. Troopers will also be checking for proper registration, proof of insurance, valid operator's licenses and observing for other violations of Kentucky law.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 1,210 people across America, just during the month of December 2004, were killed in highway crashes involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .01 or higher, of those, 1,054 had an illegal BAC level of .08 or above.
"When you are celebrating you might not realize that you've had too much and have become impaired. So always designate a sober driver before the party begins. And always take the keys and never let a friend or family member leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired," said Captain Leslie Gannon of the Kentucky State Police Madisonville Post. "Your life and the lives of others depend on you."
The Kentucky State Police offer the following tips for a safe holiday season:
- If you are impaired, call a taxi or have a sober friend or family member take you home safely.
- Spend the night where the activity is being held.
- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state) or 911.
- Always buckle up - it's your best defense against an impaired driver.
Impaired driving is no accident - nor is it a victimless crime. It is one of America's deadliest problems. In 2004, over 15,000 people died in alcohol-related crashes involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a BAC level of .01 or higher, of those, nearly 13,000 had an illegal BAC level of .08 or above.
"So remember designate a sober driver before your parties begin or- You Drink and Drive. You Lose."
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting impaired 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). Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.