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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Announces
"You Drink & Drive.  You Lose" in Kentucky

Frankfort, KY - Mr. Terrance Parker with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today that Kentucky was selected within the Southeast Region of the United States to conduct a comprehensive impaired driving campaign entitled "You Drink & Drive. You Lose". This campaign will focus on highly visible traffic enforcement efforts to deter impaired driving.

After several years of improvement, more recent statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show impaired driving-related deaths increased for the first time since 1995 from 15,976 in 1999 to 16,653 in 2000.

Last year there were 5,853 alcohol-related crashes in Kentucky. Of those 5,853 crashes, there were 3,995 persons injured and 172 persons killed in Kentucky.

During the Labor Day holiday in 2001, there were 10 fatal crashes and 4 of those 10 were alcohol related.

The Kentucky State Police Governor's Highway Safety Program will coordinate enforcement efforts with local law enforcement agencies statewide to conduct traffic safety checkpoints and saturation patrols in high crash locations to identify and arrest impaired drivers. Paid Media for this campaign will begin August 15, thru August 30, 2002 with increased enforcement beginning August 22 thru September 3, 2002.

The key to stopping impaired drivers is taking a systematic approach with law enforcement, prosecutors, judicial officials and traffic safety partners, each doing their part, to protect innocent victims from impaired drivers. In 2001, there were 48,892 DUI arrests in Kentucky, this represents an 11.5% increase from the previous 4-year average of 43,848

This Labor Day Holiday, Kentucky State Police and local law enforcement agencies statewide will be working to keep families safe from one of the greatest threats to our communities---Impaired Drivers.

The goal of the You Drink & Drive. You Lose Impaired Driving Campaignis to reduce impaired driving and save lives.

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