TFC Stu Recke
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 2, Nortonville
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KSP Enforcement Campaign December 16, 2009-January 3, 2010
Date of News Release: 12/15/2009
(Madisonville, Ky.) -- Beginning Wednesday, December 16, 2009 and concluding at midnight Sunday, January 3, 2010, the Kentucky State Police will be conducting an impaired driving enforcement mobilization, Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest. This statewide mobilization will combine high visibility enforcement and media events during this period. This is a concerted effort by all law enforcement agencies to reduce alcohol-related injury and fatality crashes.
Drunk driving is one of America's most-often-committed and deadliest crimes. Last year in Kentucky, there were 826 highway fatalities. Of these, 24% involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
During this mobilization, troopers will be concentrating their efforts on impaired drivers. Traffic safety check points and saturation patrols will be conducted throughout the Post 2 District. Impaired drivers will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Additional emphasis will also be placed on speeding, seat belt usage, child and booster seat usage, and unsafe driving behaviors such as reckless driving and following too close.
The Kentucky State Police advise everyone to plan ahead; however, if you find it hard to figure out if you've had too many drinks to drive-don't risk it. Most likely if you're feeling "buzzed" you are impaired and if you drive, law enforcement will catch you.
The Kentucky State Police remind everyone:
- Don't risk it. If you plan to drive, don't drink.
- Choose a sober, designated driver before going out.
- Take mass transit, a taxicab or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
- Spend the night where the activity is being held.
- Wear your seat belt.
- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.
- Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver's license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs, towing bills, and lost time at work.
Citizens can assist troopers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state) to report impaired drivers or any type of driving infractions. Just provide the direction of travel, a description of the vehicle, and the license plate number if possible.
*For traffic safety checkpoint locations in your area, you may refer to the web site: www.kentuckystatepolice.org/posts/press/post2_checkpoints.htm.
Post 2 serves the following counties: Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Webster.