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National ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign nets 347 DUI arrests in Kentucky in first five days

Kentucky State Police reminded motorists Thursday that they are continuing their enforcement efforts during the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Since the effort began on Aug. 16, there have been 347 driving under the influence (DUI) arrests in Kentucky by law enforcement officers across the Commonwealth. KSP spokesperson Sgt. Josh Lawson says the focus of the campaign...

Lexington Police Department to participate in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ event this Friday night

The Lexington Police Department will conduct a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement event this Friday (Aug. 23) from 9 p.m. until midnight at the intersection of Versailles Road and Red Mile Road. Officers will be working to spot impaired drivers and vehicle occupants who are not wearing a seat belt, as well as children who are not properly restrained. Officers will be standing by to initiate...

Kentucky State Police to begin increased drunk driving enforcement campaign efforts Friday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and Kentucky State Police are joining together in an effort to remind motorists to be responsible behind the wheel as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” increased enforcement campaign runs Dec. 14, 2018 through Jan. 1, 2019. “While the holiday season is a special time to visit with friends and family, many of these celebrations...

Safe Ride KY coalition transports more than 700 during holiday campaign targeting drunk driving

The new Safe Ride KY coalition took more than 700 potentially impaired drivers off Kentucky roadways during its first holiday campaign, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association reported today. The program offered $20 discounts on rides through Lyft and CityScoot services between Dec. 15, 2017, and Jan. 1 using the code “SAFERIDEKY17.” All codes were quickly claimed, KDA President Eric Gregory said,...

Nationwide Mutual Insurance to pay state $80,000 following settlement over data breach

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that Kentucky’s General Fund will receive $80,000 from a settlement with the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company, concerning an October 2012 data breach. The data breach was allegedly caused by the failure to apply a critical security patch. It resulted in the loss of personal information...

Fourth of July marks start of summer travel season; KSP warns not to mix alcohol and driving

The Fourth of July weekend marks the beginning of the traditional summer travel season and the American Automobile Association projects a record 37.5 million motorists will hit the roads this year, an increase of 2.9 percent over last year. Unfortunately, it is also one of the deadliest holiday periods of the year due to drunk driving crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)...

Traffic fatalities rise on Kentucky’s roadways; drivers urged to make ‘safe decisions behind the wheel’

The rate of fatalities on Kentucky’s roadways is increasing in 2016, according to preliminary numbers from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS). As of Oct. 24, there were 640 fatalities – 29 more than at the same time last year. “With only two months left in the year, we are encouraging drivers to take responsibility for their driving behaviors,” said KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle...

Lexington Police Department joins national crackdown to reduce impaired driving fatalities

If you choose to drink and drive in Lexington – beware. The Lexington Police Department is joining law enforcement throughout the nation for the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, Aug. 19-Sept. 5. 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...

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Jefferson County cracking down on impaired driving during holidays

Motorists traveling to the Louisville/Jefferson County region over the holidays should be aware of a crackdown on drunk driving. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Brown-Forman joined other Louisville Highway Safety Committee team members, to kick off the holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign in Louisville. “Although agencies place...

Fair Warning: State Police stepping up Labor Day patrols — Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

  The national campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs through Labor Day weekend and is aimed at reducing deaths and injuries caused by motorists driving drunk or impaired by drugs. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday, there were six alcohol-related highway deaths on Kentucky roadways. Statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 55 people for DUI during that same time period. The 2015 Labor...

State Police out in force this holiday; new app will make catching drunk drivers even easier

This holiday season, Kentucky law enforcement will be cracking down on drunken drivers throughout the state during the aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign.   The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, in partnership with Louisville Metro Police Department, kicked off the campaign, which runs through Jan. 1, at a press conference at Saints Pizza and Pub in Louisville.   “We...

Wallace will shift ‘Drive Sober’ message
into high gear at Kentucky Speedway race

NASCAR driver Mike Wallace will drive the ‘Drive Sober’ car in the Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway Friday. (Photo from KOHS)   A glossy-black Chevrolet Impala will roar through the Kentucky night this weekend with a sobering message.   “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” will be emblazoned across driver Mike Wallace’s No. 01 car as he competes in the Feed the Children...

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...