Police out to combat New Year's Eve drinking and driving

Posted at 5:29 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 17:29:55-05

(LEX 18) — Kentucky State Police and other law enforcement across the Commonwealth will be out in full force on Tuesday night to keep the roads safe from impaired drivers.

KSP Trooper Adam Hall told LEX 18 that with all the ride-share apps that people have access to, there is no reason, or excuse, to drink and drive.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is also reminding drivers to utilize ride-share by displaying the electronic message "Don't drop the ball, plan a sober ride" on signs along I-75.

New Year's Eve is not the only day when impaired driving is an issue, however.

The latest numbers from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety show that there were 116 deadly alcohol-related incidents in the Bluegrass so far this year.

Last year, there were 87 deadly alcohol-related incidents and in 2017, there were 137 deadly alcohol-related incidents.

"The effect that it has on the friends and families and just the community, as far as when we do death notifications and making contact with loved ones of those victims as a result of the collision, ti's very tragic for everyone," said Hall.

Drivers can find a ride with Uber by clicking here.

Drivers can find a ride with Lyft here.

Lyft is also offering free rides over the holidays. Click here to find out more.