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OFFICIAL KENTUCKY STATE
Media / For More Information Contact:
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Offers Safe Driving Tips For Thanksgiving Holiday
Date of News Release: 11/16/2010
(Frankfort, Ky.) (Nov. 17, 2010) -- According to the American Automobile Association, approximately 39.7 million motorists will hit the road during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, a 12 percent increase from 2009. To help keep Kentucky's roads safe, the Kentucky State Police will be boosting its road patrols and operating safety checkpoints throughout the Commonwealth beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28. Coordinating enforcement efforts with local police and sheriff's offices, KSP troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers will cast a vast safety net designed to save lives.
"Higher traffic volumes, combined with increased numbers of out-of-state visitors traveling to or through the state, have the potential to produce added risk for highway travel," says KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "Last year, there were 1,113 motor vehicle crashes on Kentucky roadways during the four-day Thanksgiving holiday period. Eight people died and 325 were injured."
"These are tragic and needless deaths," he adds. "I urge all motorists to protect themselves and their fellow travelers by practicing the following simple, safe driving tips."
"Three out of four vehicle crashes happen within 25 miles of home at speeds of 45 miles per hour or less," notes Brewer. "About 40 percent of all fatal crashes occur on roads where the speed limit is 30 miles per hour or less."
"Thanksgiving is about family," he adds. "Staying focused and alert while operating a motor vehicle is essential to protect yourself and others and to ensure that we all arrive safely to our loved ones. It's the best holiday gift you can give."
Motorists can contribute to highway safety during the holiday period by reporting erratic, impaired or speeding drivers to the KSP toll-free hotline at 1-800-222-5555. Indications that a driver might be impaired include weaving, swerving, drifting or straddling the center line; driving on the wrong side of the road; driving at inconsistent speeds; stopping without cause or braking erratically; ignoring or responding slowly to traffic lights; driving too close to curbs and driving at night with no lights. Callers will remain anonymous and should be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, direction of travel and license number if possible.
Kentucky State Police
919 Versailles Road | Frankfort, KY 40601
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