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Nineteen Die on Kentucky Roadways Last Week
KSP Offers Life-Saving Driving Tips For Thanksgiving Holiday

Date of Release: 11/21/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) --The approaching Thanksgiving holiday means increased traffic on roads and highways throughout Kentucky. As a result, the Kentucky State Police will be enhancing its road patrols and operating safety checkpoints statewide beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27. During this period, state troopers will be coordinating enforcement activities with local police and sheriff's offices. They'll be using radar, laser and video equipment as well as passive alcohol sensors to assist their efforts.

As part of its increased activities, KSP will also be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). This nationwide program works to reduce crashes on interstate highways and parkways by concentrating on the three key causes of traffic fatalities: speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.

"The Thanksgiving holiday period is one of the busiest times on our roadways," says Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark Miller. "Many residents will be traveling within the state and many more out-of-state visitors will be travelling to or through the Commonwealth. This increased activity has the potential to produce added risks to holiday travel plans."

During the four-day 2004 Thanksgiving holiday period, there were 1,462 motor vehicle crashes on Kentucky roadways. Sixteen people died and 410 were injured. Of the 16 fatalities, 11 of the victims were not using seat belts.

"Through Nov. 20, Kentucky has recorded 873 highway fatalities in 2005," notes Miller. "That's nine more than last year at this time. Four hundred and ninety of those fatalities were not wearing seat belts."

Nineteen people lost their lives in 19 crashes on Kentucky roadways last week (Nov. 14-20). Seven of the fatalities were not wearing seat belts and four of the crashes involved alcohol. The seat belt status of two of the victims is unknown at this time. One of the fatalities was a pedestrian and one was riding a motorcycle and wearing a helmet.

"These needless deaths are tragic and I urge all motorists to protect themselves and their fellow travelers by following these safe driving tips," adds Miller.

"Staying focused on driving while behind the wheel of a vehicle is a year-round message, but it needs to be re-emphasized during busy holiday travel times," says Miller. "By keeping two hands on the wheel, two eyes on the road and following this common sense advice, we can all celebrate the season by making it a death-free holiday on our roadways."

Citizens 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 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Signs 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 give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number, if possible.

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