Deputies monitor holiday travel


Reporter - Mychaela Bruner
Photographer - Michael Bradford

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. — While you are celebrating the last holiday weekend of the summer, state and local police are working overtime to make sure you stay safe on the roads. Their campaign this year, "Drive sober or get pulled over."

Police and sheriff deputies said they are basing this weekend's patrols on last year's accidents. Last year there were more than 1,500 crashes with more than 400 hundred injuries in Kentucky.

AAA predicts this holiday weekend will have the most drivers since the recession hit in 2008.

Deputies are not just monitoring interstates, they have their eyes on lakes and rural roads. They said it is all in an effort to try to keep everyone safe this weekend.

Marshall County Chief Deputy David Maddox said, "Remember to slow down, not to drive impaired, to have a designated driver. That's our real hope to keep everyone safe. We're not only looking at it from a traffic standpoint, we have people on the water and people patrolling at night at the off-road areas in the country."

Richard Robinson is a frequent driver and said it is important for all drivers to be alert and defensive this weekend.

"Police are going to be out in full force I imagine, but that makes me feel safer," said Robinson.

Maddox said it is not all about writing tickets. It is more about overall safety. "We're trying to make a difference in safety all across the county, not just highways," said Maddox.

Deputies are working long hours this week to try to keep everyone safe. The overtime hours are paid for by funds from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety. Heavily patrolled areas include US 68, US 641, KY 80, KY 402, US 62, Purchase Parkway and KY 408.