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Kentucky Traffic Enforcement Mobilization August 15-September 1, 2008

Date of News Release: 08/11/2008

(Richmond, KY) - The Kentucky State Police will be partnering with other state and local law enforcement agencies in statewide highway safety mobilizations beginning August 15 and ending September 1st, 2008. This upcoming campaign will focus on DUI enforcement, but will also emphasize seat belt violations. Enforcement will be supported by national and state advertising targeting those most likely to drive impaired.

In the United States last year, alcohol was involved in 39% of the 43,443 motor vehicle-related fatalities for the year. Approximately 254,000 people were injured in crashes where police reported that alcohol was present. Although there was a slight decline in DUI related fatalities in 2007. Preliminary figures indicate essentially no change for 2008.

According to the national Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), Kentucky's percentage of traffic fatalities involving alcohol remains below the national average (32% compared to 39%). Still, alcohol is one of the leading contributing human factors in fatal collisions in Kentucky.

During this mobilization, the public should expect to see increased law enforcement presence on Kentucky's roadways. Saturation patrols and traffic safety checkpoints will be utilized extensively throughout this two-week enforcement period. The goal of this campaign is to reduce motor vehicle related injuries and fatalities through DUI enforcement and increasing the use of seat belt and child safety seats.

During this period there will also be increased enforcement activity on US 60. On August 23rd the Safe and Sober on US 60 Mobilization will be conducted. The purpose of this particular mobilization is to target impaired drivers on this route.

The public is encouraged to report any suspected impaired driver or the unsafe operation of a motor vehicle by contacting the nearest Kentucky State Police Post at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state).

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