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Law Enforcement & Rescue Officials Prepare For Holiday Travel

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Kentucky State Police say July 4th is the second most deadly holiday period of the year in the bluegrass, just behind New Year's.

We're still a few days away, but people are already starting to travel.

With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday, many travelers will extend their vacation plans throughout the week.

Law enforcement agencies say they will have increased patrols during this time as they urge motorists to use extreme caution.

“The main reason people continue to drive drunk today, despite 26 years of intense public education, is because they can,” Angela Criswell said.

Law Enforcement, emergency crews, and county officials from across the mountains gathered in Hazard Monday to talk about safe driving.

“A mother her 7 year old daughter and a 13 year old cousin of theirs were going to evening services at their local church,” Trooper Tony Watts said.

State Trooper Tony Watts has worked several accidents in years of law enforcement, but one from 1998 stands out for him.

“I personally am the father of the 7 year old, I had to take 4 months leave from work myself,” Trooper Watts said.

Police will be aggressively enforcing Kentucky's zero tolerance policy regarding impaired driving during the holiday.

“A DUI is a crime of carelessness, people can be out having a good time but they don't need to put their lives and the lives of other people in danger,” Brendon Miller said.

Officials say to make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up and children are properly restrained.

Officials say to try to avoid any distractions while driving, especially during a busy holiday.
“If you're talking on the telephone, the distraction is equal to .08 on the breathalyzer,” Hazard Police Chief Ronnie Bryant said.

Officials say you can also help with highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the KSP toll-free hotline at 1-800-222-5555.

They say you can remain anonymous and to give them as much information about the vehicle as possible.


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