FRANKFORT — If you choose to drink and drive in Kentucky – beware. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is supporting state and local law enforcement during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign through Sept. 7.
The nationwide impaired driving crackdown includes high-visibility enforcement and high-profile events, and is supported by national paid advertising provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Law enforcement officers aggressively patrol for impaired drivers year-round,” KOHS Executive Director Bill Bell said. “However, by joining this effort, they are making Kentucky’s roadways safer for everyone during the heavily-traveled Labor Day holiday.”
In Kentucky in 2014, there were more than 4,300 collisions involving alcohol, resulting in more than 2,000 injuries and 113 fatalities. During the Labor Day holiday weekend, 14 people were killed and 297 were injured on our roadways. One of those deaths involved alcohol.
“Drunken driving fatalities are 100-percent preventable,” Bell said. “If you choose to drink, choose a designated driver. It’s that simple.”
Kentucky residents may find sober ride options by using the free Drive Sober Kentucky app. The app provides phone numbers to taxi and limousine services and sober ride programs, along with a one-touch dial feature to report a drunken driver and information about the designated driver HERO campaign.
Additional information can be found at www.DriveSoberKY.com.