Historically, the Thanksgiving Holiday is one of the busiest and deadliest holidays of the year. With more travelers taking to the roads, chances are greater of encountering persons exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors. In an effort to save lives and reduce injury-related crashes during the holiday season, the Kentucky State Police is implementing Operation R.A.I.D. (Remove Aggressive, Impaired and Distracted Drivers from Kentucky's Roadways).
The official Thanksgiving Holiday begins Wednesday, November 25 at 6 p.m. and ends on Sunday, November 29 at 11:59 p.m. Statewide, during the 2014 Thanksgiving Holiday period, there were five fatal collisions that resulted in six fatalities on Kentucky roadways. There were four fatalities reported in the Post 1 District during the 2014 Thanksgiving Holiday period.
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 impaired driving.
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 1 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: www.kentuckystatepolice.org/posts/press/post1_checkpoints.html
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers may remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel, and license number if possible.
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