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Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement Activity

Date of News Release: 12/01/2008

(Henderson, KY) December 01, 2008- The Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement Period began Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 6:00 PM and ended Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 11:59 PM. Troopers from Henderson post issued the following:

222 Speed Citations
12 DUI Citations
48 Seat belt Citations
3 Child Restraint Citations
145 Other Citations
159 written courtesy notices (warnings)

Troopers investigated 12 collisions, 5 injury collisions and 7 non-injury collisions. Post 16 troopers did not investigate any fatal collisions however these collision stats are still preliminary and KSP waits for local law enforcement agencies throughout the post 16 district to report any fatalities that may have occurred in their areas.

As of November 30, 2008 there have been 27 people killed in vehicle collisions in the post 16 district. At the same time last year there were 42 people killed. The enforcement efforts as well as the highway safety programs appear to be helping reduce the highway fatalities in our area.

The Kentucky State Police encourage all drivers to operate their vehicle in a safe and sober manner. Plans ahead, if you're going to consume any alcoholic beverages then have a sober driver. Always wear your seat belt and have your children in a federally approved child restraint device. New this year is the law requiring children less than 7 years of age and between 40 and 50 inches tall to be in a belt positioning booster seat. Be attentive. Inattention is the leading cause of vehicle collisions. Pull your vehicle to a safe parking position and use the cell phone to text and/or talk. Maintain a safe speed. An increase in vehicle speed leads to an increase in the crash severity. Maintain a 3 second following distance. Always drive defensively. A remember those of us who have new drivers in the family, set a good example when operating your vehicle. Our kids learn by our actions.

Have a Safe Holiday Season

Joe Woo

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