KSP holds large checkpoint

Fatal car accidents in Kentucky are up four percent this year, so police are holding one thousand checkpoints this summer to help reduce the number of crashes.

The first was here in eastern Kentucky.

Troopers stopped every car on highway 80 in Floyd County, near the U.S. 23 split.

Data shows this stretch of road has a higher than average number of deadly crashes.

Most victims were not wearing a seat belt.

“The whole idea of the checkpoint, not to inconvenience but to make the drivers and passengers aware of how they're driving and that they're being safe as they do it,” Jeff Mayberry, KSP.

Troopers checked more than 500 vehicles and issued 34 citations for no seat belts or children not in car seats.

They made two arrests.

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  • by Lance Location: Hyden on Jun 2, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    Tickets, just another tax. Have the truckers not been providing enough revenue?
  • by my opinion on Jun 2, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    1) KSP should do what is necessary to make our roads safe. 2) Do you ever think that maybe this is a way to catch drug dealers? 3) The only people that see check points as an inconvienance are those that have something to hide...such as drunk drivers or pill heads. 4) If the adult doesn't want to wear a seatbelt that is their problem...but my god put your child in a car seat!
  • by rahel on Jun 2, 2009 at 07:02 AM
    it was big enugh that my husband got caught in it just trying to make it to work... got put in jail... its [edited]
  • by Bill on Jun 2, 2009 at 04:58 AM
    May I see your papers comrade.You go to the line to the left.
  • by Tom Location: Pikevill on Jun 2, 2009 at 04:34 AM
    Should they not be out trying to catch the drug dealers instead?
  • by Citizen in our new police state Location: Russiaucky on Jun 1, 2009 at 10:03 PM
    Since when does stopping traffic make people aware of how they are driving? It only makes them aware of how they are stopping. I smell the big bluegrass state revenue machine revving up. That's all it is folks, a way to help shore up the state budget by pushing those $140 a whack seatbelt fines. Cha-ching!
  • by wild bill Location: paw paw on Jun 1, 2009 at 07:07 PM
    just how large was it?
  • by goodbye freedom, hello socialism Location: the mountains on Jun 1, 2009 at 05:21 PM
    What a disgrace to the Founding Fathers and the idea of having a truly free country, from coast to coast! Eastern Kentucky has become a full-fledged police state. Look at socialist Hal Rogers' Gestapo force, UNITE, a bunch of hired rat junkies. Yeah, a lot of good that has done - more and more kids dying from meth exposure. And all the billions of dollars it has cost the taxpayers? Talk about a Bridge to Nowhere. Look at KSP and its illegal checkpoints and commandeering of private businesses. Both are violations of the Fourth Amendment (remember the Constitution?), both are putting people out of plans, disrupting the local economy in a time of severe recession. Outrageous. It's a simple choice, folks. Keep giving these socialists more power until they're running every aspect of our lives, or stand up and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. They work for us, no the other way around.
  • by clyde Location: letcher on Jun 1, 2009 at 05:15 PM
    Good job, KSP keep up the good work.


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