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The Kentucky State Police Will Crackdown On Impaired Drivers During The Holiday You Drink and Drive. You Lose Blitz

Date of News Release: 12/14/2005

(Campbellsburg, Kentucky) - 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 also be looking for proper registration, proof of insurance, valid operators license and any other violation 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 John Thorpe of the Kentucky State Police. "Your life and the lives of others depend on you."

The Kentucky State Police offer the following tips to having a safe holiday season:

  • If you are impaired, call a taxi or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • 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.
  • Spend the night where the activity is being held and sleep it off.

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 your sober driver before the parties begin - or You Drink and Drive. You Lose."

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