Police work to keep you safe on the soaked Independence Day

A rain soaked Fourth of July isn’t stopping some people from celebrating the holiday, but it did cause more crashes on streets and highways. 

McCracken County dispatch says the sheriff’s department responded to 23 crashes between Friday and Monday afternoon. Five happened when it rained last night, and 14 of those happened Monday morning alone.

Paducah police responded to 20 accidents, six on Saturday and three Monday morning. None of these crashes were deadly. 
The weather cleared up on Monday just in time for people to head down to Paducah’s riverfront.

"We actually got scared, because we thought it would be rained out," said one event-goer Stephanie McCoy.

McCoy and her family, like many others, got outside to celebrate Independence Day.

"That’s all they’ve been talking about all week. We just love spending time together and having fun," McCoy said.

What’s a holiday for some, is just another day at the office for Paducah police. Patrolman Matt Hopp got into his patrol car knowing the rain wouldn’t make his job any easier.
"Coming in today is kind of what I expected, to be slower because of the rain and weather, but once the rain lets up people will start getting out more," Hopp said.

He spent his day driving through downtown.

"We’re going to look for impaired drivers. It’s an extended weekend, a celebration weekend," Hopp said.

As with every Fourth,  fireworks are a problem.
"The ones prohibited in city limits are basically the ones that fly and go boom," he said.

This holiday there’s an added danger. The roads are wet and visitors still need to leave town. 

"Just because it’s not raining at a particular time and it has rained doesn’t mean it’s any less dangerous. The roads can still be slippery, they can still be wet," Hopp said.

Hopp says the best thing you can do is slow down, pay attention to all signs and give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going.

Hopp also pointed out that just because the Fourth of July is over, doesn’t mean the fireworks stop. People tend to use them throughout the week. He reminds everyone the wet weather doesn’t make them any safer and to make sure you know the city’s code for that firework you’re using. 

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