London, Ky. (WKYT) - John Collett has driven a truck for more than 30 year..logging 4 million miles. He’s seen some people do a lot of dangerous things from behind the wheel.
“You see people texting all the time. People doing crazy things…some you can’t mention on TV,” said Collett, who was taking a break from driving his big rig at a truck stop in Corbin.
This year Kentucky State Police say 471 people have died in crashes. That’s 5 more than during the same time last year.
“Driver inattention is the number one factor in collisions,” said Captain P.J. Burnett of Kentucky State Police.
“You get people bending over..looking for stuff in the floorboard while driving 70 to 80 miles per hour,” said Collett.
And the situation is expected to be increased much more this weekend. When thousands, if not millions use interstates to get to their Labor Day destinations. But state police say expect to see a lot more of them on roadways as well.
I-75 will be targeted because of its heavy traffic volume but police also say they’ll look at areas where there’s been a lot of DUI crashes.
“We’re looking at aggressive driving. Make sure that people are wearing their seat belts, and we’ll also be checking booster seat violations,” said Capt. Burnett.
Despite the higher number of deadly crashes this year, the 2012 death toll is actually less than previous years. State police statistics show that up to this point in 2008, 2009, and 2010, more than 500 people had been killed in accidents.