Police launch Thanksgiving holiday enforcement

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Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday of the year for motorists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  This includes the four-day holiday driving period surrounding that date when heavy traffic, weather and long-distance road trips combine to create severe travel conditions.  Often, family celebrations include alcohol, which later evolves into impaired driving.  Add that to heavy holiday traffic, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Last year, traffic crashes across Kentucky claimed the lives of nine people during the Thanksgiving travel period including 1,305 traffic crashes with 405 injuries during that time frame.
“The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is traditionally one of the most traveled weekends of the year,” said KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer.  “To ensure we all make it to our destinations safely, troopers will be on Kentucky roadways looking for unsafe driving practices including safety belt and impaired driving violations.”
“It’s the simple, common sense things that can make a crucial difference such as wearing a seat belt, reducing your speed and avoiding driving after consuming alcohol or drugs,” notes Brewer.
The official 2011 Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23rd and extends through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27.
KSP will also participate in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.  This campaign coincides with the Thanksgiving Holiday travel period where occupant protection is a major focus.  
Citizens can contribute to highway safety during the holiday period by reporting erratic, impaired or speeding drivers to the KSP toll-free hotline at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number, if possible.