Transportation Cabinet
‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ cites over 1,400 drunken drivers

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, October 12, 2011  
Contact Information:  Chuck Wolfe

Erin Eggen
Office of Public Affairs

Aggressive two-week enforcement campaign ran through Labor Day weekend

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2011) – This year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement effort, coordinated by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), resulted in 1,480 citations for drunken driving.

The annual, federally funded campaign, supported by more than 170 state and local law enforcement agencies, was held Aug. 19 – Sept. 5.

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. 

“We’re pleased with the results of this year’s campaign and appreciate the officers who work tirelessly throughout the state to keep our roadways safe,” said Office of Highway Safety Director Bill Bell.  “The partnership between all the agencies involved was tremendous. If one life was saved, it was well worth the effort.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of alcohol-related fatalities declined in the United States from 2008 to 2009.  Still, in 2009, nearly 11,000 people were killed in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher – the legal threshold for drunken driving.