FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - Nearly 1,500 drivers were cited during the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement effort.
The annual, federally funded campaign, supported by more than 170 state and local law enforcement agencies, was held Aug. 19 to Sept. 5. The campaign resulted in 1,480 citations for drunk driving.
The campaign's main objective was to keep drunken drivers off the road. In the process, officers at 523 traffic safety checkpoints throughout the Commonwealth also made 1,308 felony arrests and 1,112 drug arrests. They recovered 68 stolen vehicles, apprehended 2,117 fugitives and issued 5,730 seat belt citations. They also cited 12,853 drivers for speeding, 485 for reckless driving and 5,198 people for having no proof of automobile insurance.
"The goal of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is not to write tickets, but to save lives," said Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock. "We want to educate the public on the dangers of drunken driving and reduce deaths and injuries along our roadways. It's an extra benefit when traffic enforcement leads to criminal enforcement."
Last year, Kentucky recorded over 4,700 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 139 deaths and more than 2,400 injuries.