Kentucky Law Enforcements Officials Train to Better Deal with Impaired Drivers
Law enforcement officials perform a crucial job cracking down on impaired drivers on Kentucky roads. They receive trainings for them to fulfill their responsibilities better. One of which is their latest three-day seminar held in Lexington called Protecting Lives, Saving Futures.
Participants of the seminar funded by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, include police officers and prosecutors. Among the highlights of the seminar are briefings on detection and prosecution of impaired drivers.
The fight against motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is still ongoing in Kentucky. This calls for the ongoing trainings of law enforcement officials.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,041 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in Kentucky. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 192 traffic deaths related to drunk driving were recorded in 2015. This marks a 12.3% increase from the previous year.
What to Do if You are Stopped by Kentucky Police Officers
Sobriety checkpoints are allowed in Kentucky. Should your vehicle be stopped, keep calm and cooperate with the officers. Here are more tips to take note of from the Louisville Metro Police Department.
- If you notice a police car approaching you with emergency lights, slow down and signal your intent to pull the car over safely.
- If you feel unsafe, turn on your emergency flashers and stop your vehicle in a populated, well-lit area. If the police officer is not in their uniform, you may request that a colleague in uniform talk to you.
- Show the same respect you want to receive. However, if you feel that the police officers are being rude, cooperate still. Take note of as many details as you can and report to their immediate supervisor.
- Refrain from making sudden movements. If you are to do anything, say look for a document or any valuable in your car, let the police officer know first and make sure they acknowledged your intent.
- You need not get off your vehicle unless the officer requests you do so.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I support the initiative of the local government to help law enforcement officials fulfill their jobs more effectively. However, if you deem you have been a victim of a wrongful accusation or a DUI crash, please don’t hesitate to contact a Personal Injury Lawyer. You need to know the next steps you should be taking. You need to understand your legal rights as a Kentucky motorist.