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KSP Offers Life-Saving Driving Advice for Thanksgiving Holiday

Date of News Release: 11/17/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) --The approaching Thanksgiving holiday means increased traffic on roads and highways throughout Kentucky. As a result, the Kentucky State Police will be enhancing its road patrols and operating safety checkpoints statewide beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26. During this period, state troopers will be coordinating enforcement activities with local police and sheriff's offices. They will be using radar, laser and video 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 times on our roadways," says Kentucky State Police Commissioner Jack Adams. "Many residents 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 to holiday travel plans."

During the four-day 2005 Thanksgiving holiday period, there were 1,132 motor vehicle crashes on Kentucky roadways. Twelve people died and 367 were injured. Of the 12 fatalities, nine of the victims were not using seat belts.

"Through Nov. 19 of this year, Kentucky has recorded 801 highway fatalities," said Adams. "Of those, 668 were motor vehicle victims -- 423 of the whom were not wearing seat belts. While these deaths are tragic, many of them could have been avoided. I urge all motorists to protect themselves and their fellow travelers by following these safe driving tips," added Adams.

"Staying focused on driving while behind the wheel of a vehicle is a year-round message, but it needs to be re-emphasized during busy holiday travel times," said Adams. "By keeping two hands on the wheel, two eyes on the road and following this common sense advice, we can all celebrate the season by making it a safe 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). Signs that a driver might be impaired include weaving, swerving, drifting or straddling the center line; driving on the wrong side of the road; driving at inconsistent speeds; stopping without cause or braking erratically; ignoring or responding slowly to traffic lights; driving too close to curbs and driving at night with no lights. 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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