WESTERN KY (12/29/11) – Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Stuart Recke had some sobering statistics that he shared with the Madisonville Rotary Club about the Kentucky State Police program to discourage “Driving Under the Influence” (DUI).
Recke said that there had been 167 Kentuckians that have lost their lives at the hand of alcohol impaired drivers this year. Recke pointed out that this may just be a number to many people – it is a tragedy for 167 families – it is a tragedy that can be avoided.
To KSP officers it is also more than a number. It is 167 crashes that they would prefer not to work. It is 167 times they have to deal with the reality in its most gruesome detail. It is 167 times they have to deal with images that will never fade from memory. They have to deal with bereaved families and high emotions of victim families. They have to deal with the aftermath of investigations, lawsuits and attorneys.
Recke said “There is no excuse for driving under the influence. If you don’t drink and drive, you will not be arrested for driving under the influence.”
Recke pointed out that the DUI driver in Caldwell last week was arrested for murder. “When you look at the statute,” Recke added “the charge is appropriate.”
Recke warned that KSP officers in conjunction with other state and local law enforcement will be teaming up with saturation patrols and giving particular attention to locations where DUI offenses appeared most often.
The public is also asked to help identify impaired drivers. If you see a car or truck that you suspect has an impaired driver, call 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible. Types of erratic driving that should be reported: weaving or inability to maintain lane position, slow to react to curves, driving much slower than other traffic and below speed limit, erratic speed control, etc.
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