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KSP's stepped up traffic enforcement begins at 6 p.m.

Thanksgiving driving can be dangerous, so Kentucky State Police will step up enforcement on the state's roads starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday night.

The extra effort will continue through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, police said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the Thanksgiving period is one of the deadliest holiday periods for drivers. More drivers are expected to hit the road rather than fly to travel, and some drive impaired.

Last year, 14 people died in Kentucky crashes over the long Thanksgiving weekend, police said. There were 1,253 crashes with 736 injuries.

"The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is traditionally one of the most traveled weekends of the year," said KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said in a written statement. "To ensure we all make it to our destinations safely, troopers will be on Kentucky roadways looking for unsafe driving practices including safety belt and impaired driving violations."

Lt. David Jude, commander of the Highway Safety Branch, said "With heightened enforcement, troopers will keep a close eye out for aggressive and distracted drivers."

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