“We are giving fair warning to all partygoers,” KOHS Director Bill Bell said. “Officers will show zero tolerance for anyone driving while intoxicated.”
National data show the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunken drivers on the roads.
In December, from 2007 to 2011, there were 4,169 people killed in crashes nationwide that involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher.
“KSP will participate with local law enforcement to remove impaired drivers from roadways,” KSP Sgt. Michael Webb said. “If you choose to drive drunk, we will see you, we will stop you and you will be arrested.”
To aid in keeping drunken drivers off the road, the KOHS partnered with Mobile Life Solutions to develop a “No DUI Kentucky” application.
The app contains the following:
- A one-touch dial feature to call the Kentucky State Police if a motorist needs to report a drunken driver
- A list of local taxi services, sober ride programs and limousine companies by working with the caller’s Global Positioning System
- A link to Kentucky’s HERO designated driver campaign website
- Information on laws and penalties for driving while impaired and the cost of getting a DUI
- A Blood Alcohol Concentration calculator
- A feature that turns the camera into impairment goggles
- A feature to select a designated driver
The “No DUI Kentucky” app is available to download for free in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the Windows Phone Store. Or, it can be downloaded at www.DriveSoberKY.com. Georgia and Wisconsin are the only states to date that have similar applications.
“This day in age, most people have smart phones, so we’re putting the information directly in their hands,” Bell said. “We hope it will greatly reduce the number of people who choose to drink and drive.”
Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
For more information, visit the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Headquarters at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.
Locally, KSP troopers and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers will concentrate their holiday enforcement efforts on high traffic areas such as interstates and parkways, along with high crash locations. They will be observing for individuals exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors, such as, speeding, reckless driving, and driving impaired.
This enforcement period will be highlighted by troopers and officers aggressively targeting those people who choose not to wear seatbelts or use child safety restraints.
Motorists around the Post 16 district can expect to see traffic safety checkpoints at pre-approved locations. The KSP utilizes traffic safety checkpoints to promote safety for motorists and to provide a deterrent for those who violate laws contained in the Kentucky Revised Statutes.
The intent of a traffic safety checkpoint is to provide a highly visible, public safety service focusing on vehicular equipment deficiencies, confirming appropriate registration and insurance of vehicles, and the valid licensing of drivers. Violations of law or other public safety issues that arise shall be addressed.
For traffic safety checkpoint locations in your area, you may refer to the web site: http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/posts/press/post16_checkpoints.htm
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 or by downloading the new “NoDUIKentucky” app. Callers may remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel, and license number if possible.
Post 16 serves the following counties: Henderson; Daviess; Union; McLean; Ohio and Hancock.