FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) — As Labor Day approaches, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining the national effort to prevent impaired driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) emphasizes that although impaired driving-related crashes are always a concern, they tend to increase during the Labor Day holiday time period.

If you are under the influence of any substance and choose to get behind the wheel, you put everyone on the road in danger, including yourself,” said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray.

According to KOHS, last year there were 4,670 crashes involving an impaired driver, resulting in 2,187 injuries and 194 deaths. During the same year on Labor Day weekend, there were 69 crashes involving an impaired driver, resulting in 29 injuries and four deaths.

To prevent impaired driving-related tragedies, the KOHS recommends the following:           

  • Plan a way to get home at the end of the night safely
  • Use a ride-booking company, taxi, or sober driver if you are impaired
  • Pull over and contact the KSP toll-free line at 1-800-222-555 or 911 if you see an impaired driver on the roadway
  • Take the keys of someone you know who is trying to drive while impaired, and help make an arrangement to get them to their destination safely
  • Wear a seatbelt — buckling up helps percent injuries or death and is the best defense against an impaired driver

For more information about impaired driving visit kydrivesober.com.

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