Drive Sober RGBHICKORY, Ky. (8/15/14) — If you choose to drink and drive in Kentucky beware.

The Kentucky State Police is joining with law enforcement throughout the nation for the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, Aug.13-Sept. 1.

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 impaired driving.

"We aggressively watch for impaired drivers year-round," Trooper Jay Thomas said. "But by joining this effort, we will make Kentucky's roadways safer for everyone during the heavily-traveled Labor Day holiday."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 51 minutes across America. High-visibility enforcement such as the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.

In 2013, Kentucky recorded more than 5,500 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 138 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries. During the Labor Day holiday weekend, eight people were killed and 295 were injured on our roadways. Two of those deaths involved alcohol.

"We hope the campaign will serve as a reminder that those who choose to drink should never get behind the wheel," Trooper Thomas said. "But if someone does choose to drive while drunk, we will arrest them. No warnings. No excuses."

Adding one more tool to combat drinking and driving, Kentucky Office of Highway Safety partnered with Mobile Life Solutions last year to develop a free "Drive Sober Kentucky" application that may be downloaded at www.DriveSoberKY.com.

The app contains 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. If a local taxi, limousine or sober ride program would like to participate but is not included in the app, send contact information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . "Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk. So don't take the chance," Thomas said. "Remember, we will be out in force, so 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.'"

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

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