Holiday Road Deaths Down, Despite Fewer Patrols

The number of people who died on Kentucky's roadways over the holiday weekend is down from last

Six people were killed over the weekend in crashes. That's down from 11 deaths in 2007.

Last year, the Fourth of July was the deadliest holiday travel season in Kentucky.

This year, Kentucky State Police decided not to patrol highways. Instead, they set up checkpoints at high collision areas, in order to save money on gas.

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  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Jul 7, 2008 at 07:20 PM
    Yeah, Steve in Lexington! Electric car - YES! I want to wind power my home, too...someday I hope to afford it. The wind power will also be able to charge my electric car.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jul 7, 2008 at 05:12 PM
    Please do not take this as things will get better if police don't patrol. A big factor in why there were less deaths could be that there were many fewer driving long distances this year versus last year (according to AAA). I have noticed that since gas prices skyrocketed, less people are out doing wasteful driving, and therefore fewer people are dying on the roadway. So, at least there's one thing that turned good out of having high gas...but I'd rather have an electric car that I don't have to pay out the nose for than to keep paying these ridiculously high gas prices. However, the powers-that-be in Detroit and Washington have held back this technology for years to maintain jobs in their respective districts, instead of doing the smart thing and upgrading their own facilities to make these autos and mass-produce them. Now a company in Bullitt Co has a 3-wheel electric vehicle that is ready to market, and will put Detroit out of business due to their own greed.
  • by What Location: RIchmond on Jul 7, 2008 at 01:26 PM
    Maybe people were focusing on the road instead of the cops that would steal there money. I know that helps me drive better when I know Im not going to be robbed.
  • by Shelly Location: Mt. Sterling on Jul 7, 2008 at 12:51 PM
    People can't afford to be on the road! That's why accidents are down. Less people, less accidents.
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Jul 7, 2008 at 11:42 AM
    It's because people weren't slamming on their brakes when they saw a cop cruiser on the roadway. It seems to me that a presence of cops causes more accidents than prevents them. People feel the need to slow down to 45 MPH in a 70 MPH zone if a cop is around. WHY? Sometimes, a speeding officer with no emergency equipment activated causes a wreck and doesn't even notice. Just because you wear a badge, it doesn't mean you are above the law.
  • by Rita Location: Fl on Jul 7, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    Maybe like here because not so many could afford gas to get out on the roads?????


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