Friday Night Blue Lights

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Kentucky State Police are using high school football games to drive home an important message-- don't drink and drive.

Friday nights during the fall months have had the highest collision and fatality rates of any other time of the year.

We looked at how Kentucky State Police will crack down with a program called "Friday Night Blue Lights."

The kick off to high school football season is right around the corner.

Players are gearing up...

"It's a lot of work-- with running, exercising, hitting, memorizing plays and studying films," said Caj Jackson, Warren Central High School football player.

But they aren't the only ones preparing for the games.

"We're going to have more troopers on duty," said Trooper Alexander, with the Kentucky State Police.

Right now, football stands are empty, but on Friday nights they'll be full of fans and students, and Kentucky State Police are going to be stepping up their game to make sure these students aren't getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking.

"The evening hours on Friday nights and up into the late nights is a very deadly time of day for teen drivers," Trooper Alexander said.

It's why Kentucky State Police are stepping up enforcement before and after high school football games with a Friday Night Blue Lights Program.

Even those within the schools are preparing.

"We plan to push the program and let the kids be very aware of it to let their friends be very aware of it as well," explained Brittany Flener, a Warren Central High School teacher.

"I don't want any of my friends to be drinking and driving and they don't listen to me, so hopefully police can put that extra effort into it and maybe put a stop to it," added Emily Coulter, a Warren Central student.

Defensive back Caj Jackson said he hopes the new program will keep his classmates safe every Friday night before, during and after the Friday night games.

"I think it will scare a lot of kids and let them know the cops aren't playing. They want everyone to stop drinking when you're underage," Jackson said.

In 2006, it is estimated nationwide nearly 18,000 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes.

That's an average of one person every half-hour.

The Friday Night Blue Lights Program is hoping to reduce the factors that cause these collisions as well as reduce underage drinking.


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