LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Lexington Police Department says it will be doing a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” checkpoint Friday, August 23 from 9 p.m. until midnight at the intersection of Versailles Road and Red Mile Road.
Officers say they’ll be looking for impaired drivers and people who aren’t wearing seat belts.
The department says its goals are deterring impaired driving and encouraging people to wear seat belts ahead of Labor Day.
According to police, more than 4,700 crashes involved alcohol in Kentucky last year, which resulted in more than 2,400 injuries and 87 deaths.
During Labor Day weekend, alone, police say 63 crashes involved alcohol and resulted in 26 injuries.
“We aggressively watch for drunk drivers and seat belt violations year-round. Participation in the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign allows us the opportunity to join with police departments from around Kentucky dedicated to making our roadways safer during the Labor Day holiday,” said Sgt. David Flannery II.
Lexington Police say more than half of the people killed on Kentucky highways last year weren’t wearing seat belts.
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety says correctly worn seat belts can reduce the risk of death by 45 percent for people in the front seat and by 60 percent for those in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans.
Last year, Lexington Police say they arrested 973 impaired drivers and issued 3,320 citations for seat belt violations.
Police say they have to conduct this traffic checkpoint because it’s a requirement of a grant program from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.