Law enforcement agencies across Kentucky have made it clear that drunk driving is against the law and will land a person behind bars.
This year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” law enforcement effort, coordinated by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety resulted in 1,636 citations for drunken driving.
The annual, federally funded campaign, supported by more than 200 state and local law enforcement agencies, took place from August 17th through September 3rd.
The main objective of the campaign was to keep impaired drivers off the road and in the process, officers at 594 traffic safety checkpoints throughout the state also made 1,485 felony arrests and 1,303 drug arrests.
Transportation Secretary, Mike Hancock states the goal of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is not to write tickets, but to save lives.
Hancock adds that state officials and officers want to educate the public on the dangers of drunken driving and reduce deaths and injuries along our roadways.
Last year, Kentucky recorded over 5,600 crashes related to drugs and alcohol, resulting in 150 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries.