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KOHS continues crackdown on drunk drivers through Labor Day weekend

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If you’re over the limit, you’re under arrest

By The Staff

FRANKFORT  - The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), an agency of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, is joining state and local law enforcement agencies in an effort to reduce impaired-driving crashes over the Labor Day weekend.

The holiday crackdown coincides with the state’s “Drunk Driving.  Over the Limit.  Under Arrest” campaign, which began Aug. 21 and ends on Labor Day.

“Saving lives and reducing serious injuries on our highways is one of the highest priorities for this administration,” said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Joe Prather. “While we promote safe driving throughout the year, we give special attention to holiday periods because of the increased traffic volume.”

Law enforcement officers will be out in force conducting traffic safety checkpoints and saturation patrols to get impaired drivers off the road.

“Crashes are preventable,” said KOHS Executive Director Chuck Geveden. “If you’re hosting a party this holiday weekend, remind your guests to plan ahead, always offer alcohol-free beverages during the event, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver at the wheel.”

Drunken driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes.  Across the country, statistics show that each year more than 13,000 people are killed in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher.

Last year in Kentucky, 13 people were killed and 279 were injured in highway crashes over the Labor Day weekend. Alcohol was a factor in 35 injuries, but in a marked departure from previous years, there were no alcohol-related fatalities involving motor vehicles. “And we want to keep it that way,” Geveden said.

Geveden offered this advice for all motorists: “If you are on the road this weekend, remember to follow all traffic safety laws, including buckling your seat belt.  It is your best defense against a drunk driver.”