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KSP Offers Driving Tips For Safe Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

Date of News Release: 11/15/2007

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - The Thanksgiving holiday always means increased traffic on roads and highways throughout the Commonwealth. As a result, the Kentucky State Police will be boosting its road patrols and operating safety checkpoints statewide beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25. Troopers will coordinate enforcement activities with local police and sheriff's offices and use radar and laser equipment as well as passive alcohol sensors to assist their efforts.

As part of its increased activities, KSP will also be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort). This nationwide program works to reduce crashes on interstate highways and parkways by concentrating on the three key causes of traffic fatalities: speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints.

"The Thanksgiving holiday period is one of the busiest highway travel times," says Kentucky State Police Commissioner Jack Adams. "Many Kentuckians will be traveling within the state and many more out-of-state visitors will be travelling to or through the Commonwealth. This increased activity has the potential to produce added risks."

During the four-day 2006 Thanksgiving holiday period, 15 people died in motor vehicle crashes on Kentucky roadways. Of the 15 fatalities, 13 of the victims were not using seat belts.

"Through Nov. 14, Kentucky has recorded 751 highway fatalities in 2007," notes Adams. "These needless deaths are tragic and I urge all motorists to protect themselves and their fellow travelers by following these safe driving tips."

"Staying focused and alert while driving is a year-round message, but it needs to be re-emphasized during busy holiday travel times," says Adams. "By following this common sense advice, we can all celebrate the season by making it a death-free holiday on our roadways."

Citizens can contribute to highway safety during the holiday period by reporting erratic, impaired or speeding drivers to the KSP toll-free hotline at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). 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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