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KSP Post 2 Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement

Date of News Release: 11/23/2009

(Madisonville, Ky.) -- The Thanksgiving Holiday is typically one of the busiest and most deadly holidays of the year. That means more people will take to the roads. In an effort to save lives and reduce injury crashes, the Kentucky State Police will be out in force over the holiday. The official Thanksgiving Holiday begins Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 11:59 p.m.

Statewide, during the 2008 Thanksgiving Holiday period, nine people died in nine separate traffic crashes on Kentucky's roadways. Seven of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and four of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Two of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. Two of the fatalities involved pedestrians. There were no fatalities reported in the Post 2 district during the 2008 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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