The KSP will be partnering with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and local law enforcement agencies across the state to reduce alcohol-related injury and fatality crashes by targeting impaired drivers.
Impaired driving continues to be one of the deadliest crimes in America claiming thousands of lives each year. On average, there is one alcohol-related fatality every 51 minutes across the country. During the calendar year of 2011, Kentucky recorded 5,639 crashes related to alcohol and/or drug use, resulting in 150 deaths and 3,082 injuries.
During this campaign, troopers from the Madisonville Kentucky State Police Post will conduct traffic safety check points throughout the Post 2 District. Troopers will also be partnering with local officers to conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols in the Post 2 District. Expect to see an increase in patrols in high-volume traffic areas and high crash locations. Impaired drivers will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. For traffic safety checkpoint locations in your area, you may refer to the web site: www.kentuckystatepolice.org/posts/press/post2_checkpoints.htm
The Kentucky State Police remind everyone to plan ahead:
- Don’t risk it. If you plan to drive, don’t drink
- Choose a sober, designated driver before going out
- Take mass transit, a taxicab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home
- Spend the night where the activity is being held
- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement
- Wear your seatbelt
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting unsafe drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free, in Kentucky, at 1-800-222-5555. Callers may remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel, and license number if possible.
The troopers and staff at the Kentucky State Police Madisonville Post wish everyone a safe holiday season.
Post 2 serves the following counties: Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Webster.