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Kentucky State Police troopers on high alert for New Year's Eve celebrations

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

WHITLEY Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky State Police troopers said the number of highway fatalities in the state for 2013 is the lowest since 1947.

This New Year's Eve troopers said they are hoping to continue this trend into the new year.

This is why officers said drivers will notice a heightened presence on the roads, throughout the holiday, for drunk driving enforcement.

"Drunk driving is never a good idea," Trooper Josh Wilson said. "There's too many options for you to have a safe ride home and we like to always encourage people to use those options."

Officials from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety said these options include downloading the "No DUI Kentucky" application on your mobile phone.

These officials said the application includes features which allow you to report impaired drivers, turn your camera into drunk goggles and find a cab.

Trooper Ryan Loudermilk said, while highway fatalities are the lowest in more than sixty years their mission is clear.

"Ultimately, our goal is zero and we just have to keep working," said Loudermilk.

This New Year's Eve police said they are reminding the public that drinking and driving can cost you.

"People make bad choices as far as thinking they're okay to drive when they're not," said Wilson.

Troopers asked everyone to ring in 2014 safely.

That way we can all have a happy yew year.


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