State police working to keep fatalities down

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Paul Blanton says the number of highway fatalities in the state this year is the lowest since 1947.

Blanton credits stepped-up enforcement and education programs as well as motorists who are vigilant about wearing seat belts, reducing speed and using designated drivers.

By last week, the state had 628 traffic deaths, 15 percent less than last year. Police are hoping people out during the New Year's holiday can help keep the number down.

Blanton says police will be arresting anyone caught driving impaired. The holiday enforcement period starts at 6 p.m. Monday and continues through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

In Kentucky, impaired or erratic drivers can be reported by calling (800) 222-5555. Highway safety officials also recently unveiled a new app that lists taxi and limo services and allows users to report drunken drivers.

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