JACKSON, KY - As residents of Breathitt, Estill and Lee counties prepare for the annual 50-Mile Yard Sale along KY 52 on Friday and Saturday, July 4-5, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is urging motorists to use caution during the event.
"Each year, more vendors and shoppers participate in what is becoming an Independence Day tradition in eastern Kentucky," said Tim Adams, chief engineer for District 10, which includes the three counties. "As the event grows in popularity, we're seeing more traffic along this route on the day of the sale. This year, the sale spans two days. Since more visitors are expected to the region than ever before, we want to make sure that everyone who participates takes all due care to prevent a tragedy. We want everyone to 'Drive Smart' and use caution."
The Transportation Cabinet offers the following tips for those who will be attending the KY 52 yard sale, as well as for other motorists who
will be traveling in the area that day:
- Watch out for parked cars, slowed traffic and vehicles turning into or out of side streets and driveways.
- Park a safe distance from the highway, preferably outside a 22-foot "recovery zone" extending from the white line on the pavement edge. This area gives motorists plenty of room in which to maneuver in case of trouble. Parking on the shoulder of the road is discouraged.
- Watch for pedestrians crossing the road, and especially for children or pets in the area of yard sales.
- Use seat belts, obey posted speed limits and other traffic laws, and refrain from drinking and driving.
State law prohibits encroachments on state right-of-way without a permit, and this includes roadside sales. The statutory reference is KRS 177.106.
"The statute forbids anything that interferes with 'the safe, convenient and continuous use' of the highway, and the Transportation Cabinet considers roadside sales on state right-of-way to fall under this category," Adams said. "We want to make sure that the traveling public has the proper amount of sight distance for intersections, driveway entrances and curves. Vendors who set up their sales on the right-of- way can interfere with the necessary sight distance, as can motorists who park along the shoulders of the road. Therefore, in the interests of safety, we ask that no sales take place on the right-of-way in accordance with state law."
"We applaud the efforts of community leaders in these three counties to increase tourism and generate economic activity in our region, but we want to ensure the safety of the traveling public, especially with the event occurring this year on the Fourth of July holiday weekend," Adams said. "Safety is always our primary focus. We hope everyone will 'Drive Smart,' wear their seat belts, and be on the lookout for bargain hunters who will be on the road and on foot along the yard sale route."