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Lexington Division of Police joins national crackdown to reduce impaired driving

This holiday season Lexington Police will be taking part in the national impaired-driving enforcement crackdown; “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, which will be held from Dec. 12 to Jan. 1, 2013.

Last year in Kentucky, six people were killed over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday. Two of those deaths involved alcohol. Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement, like “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, reduces alcohol-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Violators face jail time, loss of driver’s license and steep financial consequences; such as, higher insurance rates, attorney’s fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of a job.

There are three simple steps people can take to stay safe and out of trouble:

Plan ahead. If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Designate a sober driver.


If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.


Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life.


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