beer keys 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (3/15/13) – As St. Patrick's Day approaches, the Kentucky State Police is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel if they've been drinking. The agency recently partnered with the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers®, a multi-state program that promotes the use of sober drivers during celebrations such as St. Patrick’s Day. The HERO Campaign was inspired by the tragic loss of Ensign John Elliott, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, who was killed in a collision caused by a drunk driver.
 
“Before choosing to drink, choose a sober designated driver. We want people to enjoy their celebrations. More importantly, we want to ensure that the driver, their passengers and everyone on our roads arrive home safely,” says Tpr. Michael Webb. “Drunk driving is always preventable, and life is too precious to be lost in a senseless tragedy.”
 
According to NHTSA, on average, every 51 minutes a person is killed in a drunk-driving crash in the United States and the majority of these crashes involve drunk drivers who have blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .15 or higher, almost twice the legal limit of .08 BAC.
 
“We are cognizant of planned activities across the state and will have increased patrols on the roadways in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the road,” adds Webb. “When a person chooses to drive while intoxicated, they risk the safety and well-being of others. Make no mistake, if you are caught driving impaired, you will go to jail.”
 
In 2012, state and local law enforcement made 28,254 DUI arrests in Kentucky. Additionally, there were nearly 5,000 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 145 deaths.
 
Webb encourages citizens and retail liquor establishments to visit the Kentucky Hero webpage to find out how they can become involved in the program at http://kentuckyheroes.org/.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by Dennis J. Thomas
Photo provided by SurfKY Graphics

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

1 DOW 16,102.38
-272.38 (-1.66%)    
2 S&P 1,921.22
-29.91 (-1.53%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,683.92
-49.58 (-1.05%)    

Stock Report Sponsored by

Most Read This Week

September 04, 2015 20906

UPDATE: Attack on WKP Never Happened, Say Police

by SurfKY News
August 31, 2015 6896

Man Convicted of Hopkins Countian's Death Granted…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 6253

Madisonville Gaining Two New Businesses

by Ron Sanders
August 30, 2015 4064

UPDATED: 'He Fought the Law ... but, the Law Won'

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 3456

Investigation Leads to Meth Trafficking Charge

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

September 04, 2015 20906

UPDATE: Attack on WKP Never Happened, Say Police

by SurfKY News
August 24, 2015 12425

Teen Reports Slasher Attempted to Attack Him on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

September 04, 2015 20906

UPDATE: Attack on WKP Never Happened, Say Police

by SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 2373

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - September 2, 2015

by SurfKY News
September 04, 2015 1808

Man Charged with Kidnapping 8-Year-Old Girl

by SurfKY News
September 03, 2015 1273

One Injured when Motorcycle, SUV Collide

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 03, 2015 1090

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports – Sept. 3, 2015

by SurfKY News
September 03, 2015 1012

TMS Automotive to Locate in Bowling Green

by SurfKY News
September 03, 2015 969

TVA Touts Progress of Combined Cycle Project

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 03, 2015 965

Nortonville New Water Treatment Plant Another…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
September 02, 2015 954

Ministry Reaches People from Region to Honduras

by Focus on Hopkins County
September 03, 2015 778

Gubernatorial Candidate Spot-on about Head Start

by SurfKY News