Motorists can expect police checkpoints, extra patrols this weekend

August 28, 2003|GARY MOYERS

The Labor Day holiday marks the traditional end of summer, but for law enforcement agencies it means a weekend of increased patrols and overtime.

Kentucky State Police officers plan to target what they call "high collision roadways" during the three-day holiday with extra patrols consisting of supervisory and administrative personnel.

Danville Assistant Police Chief Jay Newell said his department will use federal grant money to run extra patrols, including at least one checkpoint Saturday.

"We'll be looking for impaired drivers and moving hazardous violations," said Newell.

Harrodsburg also will deploy extra patrols for the weekend.

"We're going to step up our presence, because it can be a dangerous weekend," said Sgt. Terry Cornish. "There are currently no plans for checkpoints, but we will be in moving patrols, looking for alcohol-impaired drivers, seat belt and child restraint violations, and speeding."


The most dangerous roads in the area

According to KSP statistics, between Jan. 1 and July 31, the most dangerous local roads were U.S. 127 and U.S. 150 in Boyle County, U.S. 27 and Ky. 52 in Garrard County, U.S. 27 and U.S. 127 in Lincoln County and U.S. 127 and U.S. 68 in Mercer County.

According to the information, compiled from the Collision Report Analysis for Safer Highways system, the two roads in Boyle County had 453 accidents in the time frame, with the most dangerous times being Thursday and Friday between 3 and 6 p.m.

Mercer County had 322 accidents on U.S. 127 and U.S. 68, with the most dangerous times being Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and Friday from 3-6 p.m.

Garrard County had 225 accidents in the time period on U.S. 27 and Ky. 52, most on Wednesday between 3-6 p.m. and Thursday between 8-9 a.m.

Lincoln County had 209 accidents on U.S. 27 and U.S. 127, most on Thursday between noon and 1 p.m. and Friday between 3-6 p.m.

Inattention and failure to yield the right of way were cited as the most frequent causes of accidents in all four counties.

This weekend, state police will focus on traffic enforcement, including impaired driving, speeding and seat belt/child restraint enforcement, and wil use safety checkpoints and traffic patrol.

State police ask drivers to contribute to holiday driving safety by not drinking and driving, by wearing their seat belts, obeying the speed limit, and reporting drivers suspected of being alcohol impaired by calling toll-free (800) 222-5555.

Newell advised drivers to "stay alert, and if you're going to drink, get a designated driver."

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