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Southeast ´Zero for 24´ Labor Day Campaign Successful

Date of News Release: 09/18/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - High visibility patrols by state highway patrol and state police agencies over the Labor Day holiday period are being credited with keeping the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths down across the Southeast. Operation C.A.R.E. Region IV Coordinator Lieutenant Jeff Babb of the North Carolina Highway Patrol announced today that seven of the eight Southeastern states reported no DUI-related traffic deaths during the 24 hours of Labor Day.

"Operation Zero for 24 was a successful campaign for the state highway patrol and state police agencies throughout the Southeast," Lt. Babb said. "The only state that experienced DUI-related traffic deaths on Labor Day was Florida." Lt. Babb credited extensive enforcement along with educational efforts as key factors in keeping the number of alcohol-related deaths low in the eight states that comprise Region IV. Federal estimates are that someone dies in an alcohol-related traffic crash every 30 minutes in the United States.

"We are extremely pleased that there were no alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Kentucky on Labor Day," notes Lt. Col. Dean Hayes, director of the Kentucky State Police Operations Division. "We hope that this is a result of motorists realizing the severe risks of impaired driving and the severe consequences of violating Kentucky´s zero tolerance policy."

"Driving while impaired is a violent crime," adds KSP Commissioner Jack Adams. "Those who endanger themselves and others should know that they will pay a serious price. It´s not worth the risk."

Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort, is a joint effort by state police agencies nationwide to reduce traffic crashes, deaths and injuries through intensive enforcement of traffic laws and safety awareness efforts during selected holiday periods. Lt. Babb said C.A.R.E. provides a forum for state police agencies to share enforcement and public awareness initiatives that have proven effective in their respective areas. Preventing deaths and injuries on our nation´s roadways is the primary mission of Operation C.A.R.E. State highway patrols and state police agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee took part in "Operation Zero for 24". The Thanksgiving holiday period is the next Operation C.A.R.E. weekend and is a 102-hour period that begins Wednesday, November 22 at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight, Sunday, November 26.

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