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KSP: Roads less deadly in 2013, ask drivers to 'Finish Strong'

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Kentucky State Police say the roads have been less deadly in 2013, although they vowed to step up enforcement ahead of the year's final weekend. Kentucky State Police say the roads have been less deadly in 2013, although they vowed to step up enforcement ahead of the year's final weekend.
Trooper Michael Webb Trooper Michael Webb

BUCKNER, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky State Police say the roads have been less deadly in 2013, although they vowed to step up enforcement ahead of the year's final weekend.

There have been 114 fewer traffic deaths in 2013 than the year before, troopers said. The decrease continues the trend for most of the past decade.

Troopers conducted a traffic checkpoint Thursday night on State Road 146 near Interstate 71, the first of several during New Year's Day celebrations.

"We want to encourage people to not get in a car, drink and drive, and make such a senseless decision that alters so many lives," Trooper Michael Webb said.

Five people died on Kentucky's roads on the weekend before New Year's Day last year, and three of the deaths were alcohol related.

Troopers said more drivers are using their seatbelts this year, contributing to the decline in deaths in most Kentucky counties.

But Jefferson County, including Louisville, had 21 more traffic deaths in 2013 than the year before.

At Thursday's checkpoint, troopers arrested 18-year-old Kelly Delor of Louisville for driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Her passenger, 18-year-old Abraham Alazazi of Louisville, also faces charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A WAVE 3 News camera showed troopers taking what appeared to be marijuana out of the duo's car after a search.

Troopers stayed in the area for about two hours and approached more than 100 drivers.

They usually know within 10 seconds whether there's something suspicious, Webb said.

"We want Kentucky to finish strong and have a very low number of traffic fatalities, and we want to have a very safe New Year's weekend," Webb said.

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