(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs through Labor Day weekend and is aimed at reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday, there were six alcohol-related highway deaths on Kentucky roadways. Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 55 people for DUI during that same time period. The 2015 Labor Day enforcement period begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept.4 and extends through Monday, Sept. 7 at 11:59 p.m.
Kentucky State Police Operations Director Lt. Col. Mike Crawford encourages families to enjoy the holiday while also taking precautions to protect everyones’ safety.
“We know there are going to be family celebrations during Labor Day where alcohol will be present, so your best bet is to always designate a sober driver before the parties begin,” says Crawford.
“Make no mistake, our message is simple. If you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested. We will be out in force to take drunk drivers off the road - and save lives that might otherwise be lost,” adds Crawford.
In addition to statewide DUI enforcement, KSP will conduct statewide traffic safety checkpoints in an effort to enforce all traffic laws of the Commonwealth. Special detail will be paid to occupant protection (seatbelt adherence), vehicle safety, insurance compliance and registration violations.
Citizens are encouraged to download the new KSP mobile app that allows individuals to report criminal activity confidentially or utilize the KSP toll-free number (1-800-222-5555) to report impaired or erratic drivers. The mobile app is available in both the Apple© and Google Play© stores free of charge and is titled ‘KSPOLICE’.