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Help prevent impaired driving crashes this holiday weekend
From Erin G. Eggen
Frankfort, KY - As Kentuckians celebrate Independence Day this weekend, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind drivers that "Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving."
Unfortunately, the holiday weekend can create dangerous driving situations when individuals choose to drive while impaired.
According to NHTSA, impaired driving fatalities typically spike during holidays. To prevent tragedies from occurring, the KYTC recommends the following:
Last year in Kentucky, there were 83 crashes involving a drunken and/or drugged driver over the Fourth of July holiday period, resulting in 36 injuries and four deaths.
"Impaired driving is 100 percent preventable," said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. "Drivers must understand that drugs and/or alcohol not only hinder your ability to drive, but also affect your judgment about whether you can or should drive. You may think you're fine, but impairment slows judgment, coordination and reaction times."
"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 Gray. "Remember - buzzed driving is drunk driving."
This story was posted on 2022-06-28 10:55:18
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