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Police out in force this Labor Day weekend

The roads are getting busier with more people taking off for the long holiday weekend. But drivers beware, the police are out in force stressing the importance of driving safe.

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The roads are getting busier with more people taking off for the long holiday weekend.

But drivers beware, the police are out in force stressing the importance of driving safe.

"The Labor Day weekend there's a lot of traffic on the roadways and we're out trying to enforce speed, seatbelts, driving under the influence." KSP Trooper Lloyd Cochran tells Mountain News.

All factors Cochran says are vital to keeping drivers safe.

"From January 1st through now, we've had 405 fatalities on Kentucky roadways, our main goal is to reduce that number." Cochran said.

But they're not going it alone.

State and local agencies will work together to patrol the roads.

"We want this area to be safe, we want the motorists that travel these roads to be safe." Laurel County sheriff's deputy Gilbert Acciardo says.

So if that means pulling folks over, Acciardo says that's what they'll do, because it's better than the alternative.

"There is nothing that can spoil your holiday any more than a traffic accident or a fatality." Acciardo said.

A possibility that has many drivers slowing down.

"I put it on cruise control and try to do the speed limit and if people fly by you, you might see them down the road getting pulled over." Mark Wineinger, who is traveling through Kentucky, told us.

Troopers say obey the speed limit, don't text and drive, wear your seat belt and most importantly, drive sober.


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