TFC Jay Thomas
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 1, Mayfield
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KSP New Years Eve Patrols
Date of News Release: 12/30/2013
(Hickory, KY) - The Kentucky State Police, post 1 is gearing up for the New Years Eve holiday period, which is traditionally a time for festive events where people gather to ring in a new year. Many of these celebrations include the consumption of alcohol, lending way to the potential for impaired drivers on Kentucky roadways. The Kentucky State Police have teamed up with local law enforcement agencies on an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign. The official holiday enforcement period begins at 6 p. m. on Monday, December 30th and extends through 11:59 p. m. on Wednesday, January 1st.
KSP offers the following tips;
- If you drink, don't drive
- If you are impaired, call a taxi, or get a sober friend or family member to pick you up
- Stay where you are until you are sober
- Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive
In an effort to reduce injury and fatal crashes within the post one area, KSP has comprised a list of high crash roadways for each county within the post one district. Post 1 Crash locations are available on the website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org/posts/press/post1_crash_locations.htm . The roadways were selected based on five years' worth of collision data for serious injury and fatal crashes in each county. Motorists will notice increased patrol along these routes during the holiday period with a zero tolerance approach to occupant restraint, speeding, and DUI offenses. These offenses along with various other careless driving habits continue to be the primary cause of injury and fatal collisions.
In addition to the saturation patrols on the high crash roadways, Troopers will be conducting numerous traffic safety check points throughout the holiday period. For a listing of traffic safety checkpoint locations in your area, you may refer to the following website: www.kentuckystatepolice.org/posts/press/post1_checkpoints.htm .
During the 2012/2013 New Years Eve holiday period, there were no fatalities reported in Kentucky. Citizens can contribute to highway safety during the holiday period by reporting erratic, impaired or speeding drivers to KSP toll-free hotline at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.