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Kentucky State Police Provide Safe Driving Tips For Safe Holiday Travel

Date of News Release: 12/18/2006

,(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - The Kentucky State Police (KSP) advise motorists travelling during the upcoming Christmas holiday weekend to expect increased traffic on the state's roadways. They can also expect the increased presence of state troopers and their local law enforcement partners beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 25.

"In addition to thousands of residents making in-state trips, there will be large numbers of out-of-state visitors and motorists travelling through the state," notes KSP Commissioner Jack Adams. "This situation will bring crowded conditions that could potentially have a dangerous impact on highway travel."

During last year's three-day Christmas holiday period, there were 922 motor vehicle crashes in Kentucky resulting in eight deaths and 377 injuries. Ninety-five of those crashes involved alcohol-impaired drivers.

"The real tragedy of these statistics is that they are preventable," says Adams. "Road safety is no accident. As responsible citizens, we have a duty to act in a manner that protects our fellow citizens as well as visitors traveling through the state. No one wants the holidays to be a time of family tragedy and suffering."

According to KSP Lt. Phil Crumpton following proven safety procedures and behaviors can greatly increase the chances of avoiding or surviving a vehicle crash. "Speed, visibility, inattention, not using seat belts, impaired driving and bad judgement are some of the major factors contributing to fatalities and injuries resulting from vehicle crashes," he says. "However, there are specific actions drivers can take to reduce their risk."

The Kentucky State Police recommends the following safe driving practices:

During a crash, violent forces of deceleration are created. Seat belts distribute these forces over larger and stronger parts of the body such as the chest, hips and shoulders. The seat belt also stretches slightly to slow the body down and increase its stopping distance. The difference in stopping distances for a belted person and an unbelted person is significant. It's often the distance between life and death.

Watch out for other drivers who weave, straddle the center line, make wide turns, stop suddenly or respond slowly to traffic signals. They may be impaired by drugs or alcohol. Notify police immediately if you see a motorist driving suspiciously. (You can contact the Kentucky State Police toll free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state).)

"Safe driving requires good decision-making and good risk management," says Crumpton. "Driving is serious business, not a game. Crashes are life-changing events that often have long-term or permanent consequences. And they don't always happen to the other guy. It could be you."

"Don't let the joys of the holiday be ruined by a fatality, a vehicle crash or an impaired driving arrest," says Adams. "Adjust your driving to stress safety. Give a gift of life to yourself, your family and others during this special time of the year."

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