KSP out in full force for July 4 weekend

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – State police say troopers will be out in full force for the July 4 weekend. They’re reminding Kentuckians to plan ahead and designate a sober driver.

“If you drink and drive this Fourth of July, you will be arrested,” says Sgt. Michael Webb. “The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign means zero tolerance for drunken driving—no excuses.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving deaths usually spike during the holidays.

State police say there were 77 crashes due to drunken driving over the 2015 Fourth of July holiday period. Troopers say there were 43 injuries and 9 fatalities.

“We want you to enjoy the Independence Day holiday, but please be responsible and plan ahead,” says Webb.  “If you know you’re going to drink alcohol, designate a sober driver or call someone to make sure you get home safely.”

State police offer the following tips to keep Kentuckians safe:

    • Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
    • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
    • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
    • If you see a drunken driver, contact law enforcement by dialing 911. You may dial the KSP toll-free line directly at 1-800-222-5555.
    • And remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get them safely to where they are going.






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