Police Out In Full Force Over Holiday Weekend

By: Jeff Gould Email
By: Jeff Gould Email

It's the Labor Day weekend and traffic is already starting to get congested, especially along I-75 through Laurel and Whitley Counties. If you're on the road this weekend, you can expect lots of traffic, but you can also expect one other thing, more police.

Kentucky State Police report they'll be stepping up their patrols throughout the Labor Day weekend. They'll be cracking down on speeding, seatbelt violations and DUI's.

"Anyone who's had a few, even a couple, they need to have someone else drive them home," said Don Trosper with the Kentucky State Police.

At Laurel County's ambulance service, extra paramedics will be standing by.

"Well we always have four crews on during the day and then we have access to two to three extra crews if needed," said Chief Jimmy Bridges with Ambulance Inc. Of Laurel County.

State police are warning driver's to be extra cautious of the other drivers on the road but if you are thinking about driving drunk...

"There's a precedence now that if you've had anything to drink and you cause a fatal accident, you can and will be charged with a criminal offence," Trosper said.

The lesson, make sure you have a designated driver but most importantly, be safe and have a happy Labor Day weekend.

Last year, Kentucky State Police say seven people died during the Labor Day weekend on Kentucky roadways, three of those involved impaired drivers.

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