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New Tool May Have Helped Cut Holiday Fatalities

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

A drop in fatalities over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Last year, twelve people died on Kentucky roadways.

State police say ten people died this year in nine separate accidents.

WYMT spoke with Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officers who worked to keep roadways safe this weekend.

Eastern Kentucky KVE officers tell WYMT they wrote out almost six-hundred tickets this weekend and nearly three-hundred of those were for speeding.

Vehicle enforcement officers say they have a new mechanism this year, which could be one reason roads are safer.

You probably wouldn't expect that you would be pulled over by an officer driving a new Dodge Charger.

"The charger is obviously a vehicle that blends in with traffic," Officer Tommy Gearheart said.

Because it's unsuspecting, officers say this vehicle is one reason lives were saved on Kentucky roadways this Thanksgiving weekend.

Officers were involved in increased patrols and traffic speed and driving enforcement. It helps us in apprehending aggressive drivers and imapired drivers.

KVE officers say they ticketed three-hundred people for speeding and arrested just four drivers for being under the influence of alcohol.

"We do our job the best that we can and use the tools that we have and just hope that it helps," Officer Gearheart said.

Officers say it's not just a fancy car it's a tool to help save lives.

So far this year there have been 822 fatalities on Kentucky roads, this is 72 less than this time last year.


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