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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