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KSP Participates in 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Kick Off

Date of News Release: 08/06/2012

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- - Kentucky State Police (KSP) partnered with Lexington Police, Bourbon County Sheriff's Office, Paris Police and the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety to kick off the national 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' impaired driving campaign.

Starting this week, law enforcement agencies across the country will hold similar events in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the roadways. This effort is funded through NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and runs through Labor Day weekend.

New NHTSA statistics show that 70 percent of deaths in drunk driving crashes (2010) involved drivers with a blood alcohol level of nearly twice the .08 legal limit. The horrific result is that alcohol-impaired crashes account for nearly one in three deaths on U.S. roadways each year. That is equivalent of one death every 51 minutes.

In Kentucky last year, there were over four thousand alcohol related crashes resulting in over two thousand injuries and 158 deaths.

KSP Captain David Jude said that the heightened police presence during the annual summer campaign has helped to curb fatal crashes, but impaired driving continues to be a problem.

"Impaired driving is something law enforcement focus on every day," says Jude. "Having the added emphasis of a national campaign with media and educational components helps remind drivers about the dangers and consequences of drunk driving."

The multi agency operation took place at the Fayette–Bourbon County line along the north and southbound lanes of US 27. Over 200 vehicles passed through the safety check point and preliminary results include:

DUI 5
Seat Belt Citation 5
Child Restraint Violation 2
Drug Arrest 1
Poss. of Marijuana 1
Suspended License 2
No OL 14
Exp Registration 7
Other citation 15
Other Criminal Arrests 6
Exceed Speed Limit 2
Open Container - Alcohol 1
Outstanding Warrant 4
No insurance 28
Improper Equipment 4
Rec. Stolen Property - Firearm 1
Concealed Deadly Weapon - Firearm 1

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

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