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Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Safety Checkpoints

Date of News Release: 11/21/2008

(Madisonville, KY) - The official Thanksgiving Holiday begins Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 11:59 p.m. In an effort to reduce injury and fatality crashes, the Kentucky State Police, along with law enforcement agencies from across the Commonwealth, will be strictly enforcing the seat belt and child restraint laws.

Statewide, during the 2007 Thanksgiving Holiday period, ten people died in traffic crashes on Kentucky's roadways. Five of the victims were not wearing seat belts and alcohol was involved in three of the fatalities. There were no fatalities reported in the Post 2 district during the 2007 Thanksgiving Holiday period.

Motorists around the Post 2 district can expect to see traffic safety checkpoints set up at pre-selected locations. At these checkpoints, troopers will be targeting impaired drivers, vehicles with open alcoholic beverage containers, properly restrained adults and children and observing for any other safety violations. For traffic safety checkpoint locations in your area, you may refer to the web site: www.kentuckystatepolice.org/posts/press/post2_checkpoints.htm.

In addition to the traffic safety checkpoints, troopers will concentrate their enforcement efforts on high volume traffic areas such as parkways and interstates along with high crash locations. Troopers will be looking for speeders, reckless drivers, and any other unsafe driving behaviors.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic 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.

The troopers and staff at the Kentucky State Police Madisonville Post wish everyone a safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

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