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Kentucky State Police Advise Extra Caution on
Roadways During July 4th Holiday Period

(Frankfort, Kentucky) - Traffic on Kentucky´s roadways is expected to increase significantly during the three-day July 4th holiday period beginning at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 3rd and ending at midnight on Sunday, July 6th. 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 Kentucky State Police Commissioner Patrick N. Simpson. "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, 16 people lost their lives in 15 separate crashes during a four-day July 4th holiday period. Four of the fatalities involved alcohol and only four of the 16 victims were wearing seat belts.

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. The "You Drink & Drive. You Lose." enforcement campaign which began on June 27th will continue during the holiday.

"Kentucky has a no tolerance stance regarding driving while intoxicated," says Simpson. "Anyone operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 is subject to immediate arrest even for a first offense." Law enforcement officers will utilize video equipment as well as passive alcohol sensors to assist them in their continuing efforts to combat impaired driving within the Commonwealth.

The Kentucky State Police will once again be participating in Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). Operation CARE is about state law enforcement agencies who have joined together in the endeavor of reducing human suffering on our highways, particularly during the national holidays. Since 1977 several organizations have joined with Operation CARE in a combined effort to deter the three key causes of highway fatalities: speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.

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 Simpson. "We´ll handle it from there."

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