LMPD, KSP talk New Year's Eve traffic plans


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on December 30, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 30 at 6:20 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Just in time for the New Year’s Eve holiday, Louisville Metro Police is spreading the word of drunk driving and they plan to be out in full force.

Tuesday night may be about celebrating, but police say it’s also about being safe as we ring in 2014.

“Drive sober or get pulled over” – that’s the message LMPD is relaying as they unveiled their New Year’s Eve traffic details Monday afternoon.

It can be one of the deadliest nights of the year and it’s a reason many locals are being cautious.

“We have been talking about doing the City Scoot option so if we go anywhere, they can bring our car to us or get a taxi,” Louisville resident Nick Whiteworth said.

“We want people to have a safe and fun holiday but do it in a safe and responsible manner,” Sgt. Ruby Ellison of LMPD’s Traffic Division said.

What you can expect to see is a stepped up presence. The highways are already a key spot for police to spot drunk drivers. There are already signs in place to warn drivers to be safe.

“We will be beefing up patrols on interstates, highways and local streets,” Sgt. Ellison added.

Police will be covering the main corridors, Bardstown and Shelbyville Roads and Dixie Highway where most people tend to travel.

Officers will be monitoring unexpected places like side roads, so plan ahead and play it safe.

“Utilize taxis , city scoots [are] available if you want to go all out, get a limo to pick up your party," Sgt. Ellison said.

Kentucky State Police are cracking down on holiday drunk drivers beginning Monday night.

The holiday enforcement period starts at 6 p.m. and continues through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

They say anyone caught driving impaired will be arrested.