Police Out In Force For Memorial Day Weekend

If you plan to hit the road this holiday weekend, you'll have plenty of company.

Beginning Friday night, Kentucky State Police troopers will also be on the road.

State police say they will increase traffic safety efforts beginning at 6:00 p.m. Friday until Memorial Day ends Monday night.

Troopers will be looking for drivers speeding, not wearing seat belts and those under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

State police say eight people died during last year's Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Compared to other holiday weekends, that's relatively low. Last year, police say the 4th of July weekend was the most deadly on Kentucky roads. 11 people died, three of those deaths were alcohol related.

The second deadliest holiday weekend last year was Labor Day weekend when 10 people died, two of those were alcohol related.


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  • by Krispy Kreme Location: Lexington on May 23, 2008 at 07:41 PM
    Thanks for watching out for us so regularly...
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on May 23, 2008 at 06:41 PM
    @citizen Location: ky I amazes me how many people like you say people will always need the cops when they talk bad about them. Are you one of the busy bodies that calls 911 everytime the garbage truck spills a little oil on your grass? Most of the time when police are actually called by some one that needs them its domestic related or an auto accident.
  • by Tami Location: Stanford on May 23, 2008 at 01:34 PM
    THANK YOU KSP!!!! I want my kids and family as safe as possible. Lock up the alcoholics and dope heads and throw away the key. Keep KENTUCKY SAFE. God Bless and be careful out there.
  • by citizen Location: ky on May 23, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    It amazes me how people always look for the negative side of things. If you need a police officer you expect them to be there for you, but you can sure put them down for trying to do something to help save lives.
  • by Jay Location: Richmond on May 23, 2008 at 07:44 AM
    I guess the police patrol only on holidays harassing travelers. They should keep this level of enforcement year round or not do it at all. I agree with other posts, it seems to me that law enforcment has lowerd their personel standards.
  • by Citizen on May 23, 2008 at 06:40 AM
    Who will be watching the Officers? I know of a couple who wrecked their cruisers under the influence during Holiday activity. Hummm makes you wonder who will be the bad guy here
  • by Thomas Location: ky on May 23, 2008 at 06:30 AM
    Who in the world can afford to drink and drive. By the way can the broken down state government afford to waste valuable tax payers money on gasing up the patrol cars. Let's not give raises to state employees let just waste it in gas for the hoilday. Wow I forgot who in the world is going to pay for the countless court houses being built throughout the state if we don't arrest someone going ten miles over the speed limit. The lawyers and judges have to pay the mortgage.
  • by Michael Location: Berea on May 23, 2008 at 06:08 AM
    I thank them for being out there, but please do something to stop the speeders. A motorcycle passed me last night doing at least 100 mph. If they concentrate on I-75 from Berea to Lexington, they'd make a big difference in the mph people drive. There haven't been any law enforcement on I-75 between Berea and Lexington in the past two weeks (as far as speeding enforcement).

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