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OFFICIAL KENTUCKY STATE
POLICE PRESS RELEASE
For More Information Contact:
Capt. David Jude
Kentucky State Police Advise Extra Caution
On Roadways During July 4th Holiday Weekend
(FRANKFORT, KY) - Traffic on Kentucky's roadways is expected to increase significantly during the four-day July 4th holiday period beginning at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 3rd and ending at midnight on Sunday, July 7th. Accordingly, the Kentucky State Police plan increased highway patrols and traffic safety checkpoints to ensure safe travel for in-state motorists as well as visitors to the Commonwealth.
"Our main goal is to save lives," says Lt. Col. William Stewart, director of operations for the Kentucky State Police. "That means increasing our visibility and encouraging drivers to slow down and buckle up. There's a direct connection between these two actions and the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on the road."
Last year, four people lost their lives in four separate crashes during a two-day July 4th holiday period. Three of the fatalities involved alcohol and only two of the four victims were wearing seat belts.
"With a longer holiday period this year, there will be more over-the-road travel and more opportunities for crashes," Stewart notes. "To help increase our visibility, all Kentucky State Police officers will be on duty in the field on July 3rd and July 7th."
Troopers will be coordinating their enforcement strategies with local police and sheriff's offices targeting alcohol-impaired and reckless drivers, speeders, safety belt and child restraint violations, he adds.
"Kentucky has a no tolerance stance regarding driving while intoxicated," says Stewart. "Anyone operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 is subject to immediate arrest even for a first offense."
Citizens can assist law enforcement officers in keeping the state's roadways safer by reporting drivers suspected of being impaired by calling 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state) toll free. "Just provide the direction of travel, a vehicle description and a license number," says Stewart. "We'll handle it from there."
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