State troopers step up patrols along I-75

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - This weekend, drivers are likely to see more state troopers on Kentucky roads.

As part of "The I-75 Challenge," Kentucky State Troopers are focusing on reducing interstate deaths by 15 percent this year.

"We do have a lot more motorists on the roadway during the summer," says Trooper Kendra Wilson, KSP Public Information Officer. "We've had several tragic accidents in the past few months in which fatalities have occurred. We want to reduce that number to zero if possible. In order to do that, we need the public's help and we need the motorists to slow down, wear their seat belts and follow the laws."

Kentucky State Police, along with law enforcement in five other states along the I-75 corridor, will focus on drivers who are speeding, driving distracted, not wearing a seat belt and driving under the influence.

"We advise motorists to take your time, slow down, give yourself extra time to get where you're going," Trooper Wilson says. "Speed is one of our biggest killers on our highways. Distracted driving follows shortly behind."

The 'staying alive on 75' enforcement effort will stretch close to 1,800 miles from Florida to Michigan.

The challenge began Friday and will continue through Sunday.

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