Trooper Robert Purdy
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 7, Richmond
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KSP Post 7 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign
Date of News Release: 08/19/2011
(Richmond, KY)- The Kentucky State Police Richmond Post announces the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign. Alcohol impaired driving is a deadly crime that is prevalent throughout the country especially among males 21 – 24 years of age. Law enforcement in every state will be participating in this campaign to reduce highway deaths.
All 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have established a threshold making it illegal per se to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher yet 10,839 people in 2009 were killed in U.S. highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with an illegal BAC of .08 g/DL or higher, according to NHTSA statistics. In 2009, 8,976 people 21 to 34 years old were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of those, 47 percent (4,206) were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was four times higher at night than during the day (37% versus 9%).
As in the past Post 7 will continue its commitment to reducing traffic fatalities and injury collisions within its district. Various Traffic Safety Checkpoints, Directed Patrol and Speed Details will be conducted throughout our post district during this Campaign. "Motorists should take every precaution possible to avoid operating a vehicle while impaired. Kentucky State Troopers will have zero tolerance for this and will take impaired drivers to jail", remarked Captain Lisa Rudzinski.
The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign will begin at 0001 hours on Friday, August 19, 2011 and end at 2359 hours on Monday September 5, 2011.