Booms in the sky, not crashes on the roads
Kentucky motorists encouraged to celebrate the Fourth safely
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 30, 2011) – As Kentuckians take to the roads to celebrate the nation’s independence, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) encourages motorists to do so safely.
“If you’re hosting a party this holiday weekend, remind your guests to plan a safe way home ahead of time,” said Boyd Sigler, Director of the Kentucky Highway Safety Programs. “Always offer alcohol-free beverages during the event and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver. Impaired driving is simply not worth the risk. The consequences are serious and real.”
Of the 760 highway fatalities that occurred in Kentucky last year, 20 percent were due to alcohol. Seven deaths occurred on Kentucky roadways over the 2010 Independence Day weekend.
For drivers traveling greater distances this holiday weekend, the KYTC suggests getting the latest road information in advance by calling 511 or logging onto 511.ky.gov.
Travelers across the state may receive emergency roadside assistance from the Transportation Cabinet’s SAFE Patrol. Assistance is available daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. by calling 877-FOR-KYTC.