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Posted: Thursday, 25 July 2013 10:47AM

Leitchfield Police Department joins national crackdown to reduce impaired driving fatalities



(Leitchfield, KY)  – If you drink and drive in Leitchfield beware, Leitchfield Police Department is joining with law enforcement throughout the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Aug.16 to Sept. 2.

The strong nationwide impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb alcohol impaired driving in August and through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

LPD said its officers will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

“On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 53 minutes across America.  But this tragic loss of life can be reduced if we get impaired drivers off our roadways,” said Chief Kevin Henderson.  “Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Leitchfield’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Labor Day period.”

Last year, Kentucky recorded over 5,750 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 146 deaths and over 3,000 injuries. During the Labor Day holiday weekend, nine people were killed and 388 were injured on our roadways.  Two of those deaths involved alcohol.  

“Obviously we want to remind everyone that it is illegal to drive impaired, and we hope the campaign will remind people that if they plan on drinking, to never get behind the wheel,” said Chief Henderson.  “But if someone does choose to drive impaired, we will arrest them. No warnings. No excuses.”  

According to LPD, violators face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

“Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’” said Chief Henderson.

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.

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