Local police department receives money to help fight distracted driving


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

PADUCAH, Ky. - Thousands of dollars have been given to the Paducah, Kentucky Police Department to help crackdown on distracted driving.

$10,000 grant pays for overtime and runs between September 5 and December 5.  It's being provided by the Federal Highway Administration.  The Paducah Police Department is one of five agencies in the state to receive the grant.  The others include Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort and Franklin County.

"Paducah Police Department officers plan to conduct enforcement on Hinkleville Road, the Kentucky Oaks Mall area, Lone Oak Road and the downtown area, which previously have been identified as having elevated collision frequency," Captain Don Hodgson said.  "This is in conjunction with an educational program that the Paducah Police Department does - 'Heads Up!Don't Be In-TEXT-icated.' The police department believes education and enforcement will change people's behaviors and reduce the number of families impacted by injury collisions leading into this holiday season. No text message is worth your life."