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As holiday weekend closes police utilizing traffic safety checkpoints

By: Erika Glover Email
By: Erika Glover Email

CLAY & LAUREL Co., Ky. (WYMT) - As drivers hit the road this Labor Day weekend police are teaming up with local agencies to help keep the roads safe.

Officers said they would be out in force looking for violations, especially when it comes to drinking and driving.

So far, officers in Laurel County said they have not experienced any serious traffic crashes or injuries and have had zero fatalities this holiday weekend.

Deputy Gilbert Acciardo said he would like to keep it that way.

"We've still got a few hours left," said Acciardo. "All it takes is a few seconds for a bad traffic crash to occur."

Law enforcement officials said many times drivers who are not sober try to avoid the highway by taking back county roads.

However, this group of individuals can expect to see traffic safety checkpoints on these roads too.

Acciardo said their main goal is to remove intoxicated drivers from the roadways.

Both state and local agencies are teaming up to ensure safety.

State Police Trooper said Josh Wilson said no matter the time of day their job never ends.

"A lot of the people that are visiting their families will be traveling early in the morning and they'll be returning home later in the evening," said Wilson. "So it's an all day course for us."

If you suspect someone of driving under the influence officers said do not hesitate to report the situation.

"They can call 911 and give us the description of the vehicle and the direction of travel," said Acciardo. "We'll immediately dispatch an officer in that location."

The traffic safety check points are made possible thanks to federal grant money from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety in Frankfort.

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