Police give advice for rainy Labor Day travels

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Kentucky State Police were on the clock on Labor Day to ensure travelers were obeying the rules of the road.

“It’s holiday weekend and we have seen a drought for the past couple of weeks, we have not seen much rain,” said Sr. Trooper Joshua Wilson.

Wilson said the change in road conditions could lead to drivers getting too comfortable on the road.

“Most people driving, they get accustomed to driving on dry roads,” said Wilson.

“When they do become wet they become very hazardous and people do not understand that they need to adjust their driving to a wet road.”

Police said there is one main contributing factor that contributed to many of the crashes he had recently witnessed.

“Excessive speed, too fast for conditions, they were probably driving on a road they have driven on all of their life so they did not take into consideration that the road was wet and went a road a curve, spun out of control and wound up on their top,” Wilson said.

Police said the stretch of road at the Laurel, Clay county line at the entrance of the Daniel Boone National Forest is one of the most dangerous areas. Police reported it is one area that usually has a lot of standing water, which results in a variety of hazards. Several tips were recommended by law enforcement on how to stay focused on the road.

“The road is always slicker when it first starts raining, people don't take that into consideration,” said Wilson.

They said drivers need to watch their distance when following behind other vehicles.

“Following too closely is a big problem, because your stopping distance is increased when you are on a wet roadway,” Wilson said.

Standing water causes vehicles to hydroplane and officials said it is important to hold off on the brakes.

“Your tire is not on the pavement, it's skipping across the top of the water, so you truly have no control as you are steering so the best thing to do is to relax, let off the acceleration, and gently apply the brakes,” said Wilson.

Wilson explained that hydroplaning is usually the time when people tend to get excited and slam on the brakes which can usually make the situation worse and cause the vehicle to spin out of control.

In addition to the above tips, law enforcement officials recommend and enforce wearing seatbelts to protect drivers and passengers in vehicles.

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