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Police watching the highways for dangerous drivers

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Police will be out in full force for the holiday weekend.

Officers will be cracking down on those who choose to break the law on Kentucky's roadways.

Friday marks the beginning of the unofficial end of summer, and police want to make sure the roads stay safe.

The gas prices in Kentucky may be 14 cents higher now than at this point last year, but drivers across the state are packing the highways and heading out of town. For police, the holidays mean more traffic.

"There's a lot of people traveling and moving around. So there's an increased opportunity to have accidents," said Lt. Stewart Walker of the London Police Department.

Law enforcement officers have watched the roads all summer, and are stepping up patrols even more for this weekend watching for dangerous drivers.

"Any kind of aggressive driving, following too close, speeding, any kind of violation will be strictly enforced," said Trooper Ryan Loudermilk of KSP.

Police will also be looking for distracted drivers.

"People not paying attention. Texting when they're not supposed to be, basically not paying attention," said Loudermilk.

During last year's Labor Day weekend, 10 people died on Kentucky roadways. Police say six of those deaths involved alcohol. Police are trying to make sure that number is zero this year.

"Try to get those folks off the roadway to try to make our roads in Kentucky safer," said Walker.

If you see any unsafe drivers on the road, police encourage you to dial 911 or your area state police post for non-emergencies.


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