KSP seeing increase in calls for help during extreme cold

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The extreme cold is keeping Kentucky State Police extra busy. Troopers in southern Kentucky say they've been getting more calls because of the weather.

KSP says it is getting an increase in calls from drivers stranded along I-75 during the extreme cold.

Most of the calls are from stranded drivers or about abandoned cars. The calls have been coming from Interstate 75 between Whitley and Madison County. Police say common problems include running out of gas or cars breaking down. They're working with Kentucky's SAFE Patrol to get drivers back on the road. The SAFE Patrol is a state-sponsored roadside assistance program. Operators cover Kentucky's interstates, parkways and major state highways to help stranded drivers.

"If you find yourself in a situation where you may have a flat, or you have run out of fuel, or if you need some kind of assistance, call 911. If a trooper can’t get to you, we will at least try to contact SAFE patrol and they will get to you and assist you with getting fuel and changing a flat tire," said Trooper Lloyd Cochran with KSP.

He says ensuring you have enough gas can also be essential to getting to your location safely.

“Make sure you have a full tank, make sure you have a cell phone with you, and charger in case you break down. Have a blanket and safety kit," said Cochran.

To avoid getting stuck on the side of the road, State Police recommend you keep your gas tank full and your phone charged. They also say to make sure your engine is in good shape, especially your anti-freeze supply. If you break down on the Interstate, you should pull as far off the road as you can. It's also a good idea to keep a blanket in your car so you can keep warm while you wait for help.

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