Beginning Friday and continuing through Monday, Sept. 5, Kentucky State Police will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. KSP will partner with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and local law enforcement agencies across the state. The nationwide initiative is a concerted effort by all law enforcement agencies to reduce alcohol-related injury and fatality crashes by targeting impaired drivers.
Impaired driving continues to be one of the deadliest crimes in America claiming thousands of lives each year. In Kentucky during 2010, there were a total of 4,762 collisions that were caused by drivers who were under the influence of alcohol. Of that total, 167 were fatal and 2,489 involved injuries.
During the campaign, troopers from the Madisonville State Police Post will conduct numerous traffic safety check points throughout the Post 2 District.
Troopers will also be partnering with local officers conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols in the Post 2 District. Expect to see an increase in patrols in high volume traffic areas and high crash locations. Impaired drivers will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The Kentucky State Police want to remind everyone to plan ahead:
-Don't risk it. If you plan to drive, don't drink.
-Choose a sober, designated driver before going out.
-Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
-Spend the night where the activity is being held.
-Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.
Citizens can assist troopers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-5555 to report impaired drivers or any type of driving infractions. Just provide the direction of travel, a description of the vehicle, and the license plate number if possible.