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Capt. David Jude
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Buckle Up Kentucky Safety Checkpoints among KSP
Enforcement Efforts this Thanksgiving Holiday

(FRANKFORT, KY) - The Thanksgiving holiday is here and as more motorists take to Kentucky's highways, Kentucky State Police are urging drivers to slow down and use courtesy when traveling the state's roadways. Also, be sure to allow additional time to arrive at your destinations and to buckle up and use child safety restraint devices.

Buckle Up Kentucky enforcement began on Monday, November 25, 2002, with increased emphasis on the proper use of safety belts and child safety seats. If a motorist is observed with a child under 40 inches tall that is not properly secured in a child restraint system, the driver will be cited - no warnings, no exceptions.

There were 9 fatal crashes and 10 fatalities on Kentucky's roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2001 and one of the crashes was alcohol-related. Of the 10 people killed, only four of the motorists were wearing seat belts, and one fatality involved an ATV.

In an effort to reduce fatalities and injuries to motorists on the state's roadways, Kentucky State Police troopers will be working overtime during the holiday period to target drunken drivers and speeders. The Kentucky State Police will participate in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a nationwide program aimed at reducing crashes on interstates and parkways.

The 2002 fatality count currently stands at 819. This represents a drastic increase from this same period in 2001, up 56. At the current rate, Kentucky could surpass 900 fatalities for 2002, making this year one of the deadliest in Kentucky history.

In 2001, there were 3,395 deer/auto collisions in Kentucky, resulting in 263 people injured. No fatalities were reported. While the percentage of deer collisions resulting in a fatality is relatively low in Kentucky as compared to the nation, it is extremely important to recognize this ever-present risk, especially at this time of year when nearly 50 percent of all collisions with deer occur.

The official Thanksgiving holiday begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 27 and ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 1.

Motorists can help law enforcement officers by reporting erratic drivers to the KSP 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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Kentucky State Police
919 Versailles Road | Frankfort, KY 40601

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