There will be plenty of blue lights flashing across the Bluegrass during the next few weeks, with law enforcement officers strengthening their efforts to keep Kentucky roads safe.
The goal of the Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass campaign, which runs though Aug. 8, is to continue to decrease fatalities and raise awareness about local safety laws.
“People are hitting the road for summer vacations,” said Chuck Geveden, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety. “We want to make sure that all drivers are aware of their responsibilities behind the wheel.”
Kentucky State Police Trooper 1st Class Don Trosper said he and his fellow officers will be watching for speeding, DUI, seat belt and tailgating violations.
“Be aware of your driving habits,” he said. “Drive safely.”
London Police Lt. Derek House said officers in his agency will likewise be on the lookout.
“We’ll be increasing street patrol and traffic enforcement and we’ll be doing a lot of traffic safety checkpoints,” he said, adding this is a good time of year for the campaign.
“I think there is a lot more traffic on the roadway,” he said. “With some people, they’re always in a rush. I believe that creates more of a danger.”
As of July 1, there were 340 highway fatalities in Kentucky, 49 fewer than the same time last year.
Sheriff Fred Yaden was inspired by the decrease.
“I think it’s working,” he said. “It’s a concerted effort on all of our parts. To be seen, the visibility, it all helps.”
Like with the other agencies, Yaden’s deputies will be out in full force, “just like we always have been.”
With all of their cruisers out on the road, Laurel County’s deputies, troopers and officers ask drivers to be safe.
“We’ll be out there, looking,” House said.
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