Memorial Day Weekend safe driving tips from LSO

Sheriff John Root

Laurel County, Ky. - Laurel County Sheriff John Root wants to help keep Laurel County families safe to enjoy the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. Last year in Kentucky over 61% of vehicle occupants killed were not restrained.

In Laurel County last year during the Memorial Day weekend there were 9 total crashes with 2 injury traffic crashes with 4 persons injured---however, we want to strive to reduce that number.

This Memorial Day Weekend, Laurel County Sheriff's Deputies will be out in full force patrolling Laurel County roads, and also conducting Traffic Safety Checkpoints all over Laurel County in an attempt to make the roads safer for people and their families. Motorists can help, too.

Sheriff Root offers the following safe driving tips:

Impaired drivers cause a large number of traffic crashes annually, and especially during the holidays. Don’t drive impaired on alcohol or drugs. If you see an impaired driver, call 911 to report where the suspect vehicle is. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Department will have zero tolerance for impaired drivers.!

As you drive, watch out for distracted drivers and expect the unexpected from all drivers. Distracted driving is a serious, life threatening action, and can include texting while driving, talking on cell phones, or changing music in your vehicle. Watch out for other drivers.

In addition, buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. See that everyone in your vehicle buckles up their seat belts. During a crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure in your vehicle, and from being thrown out. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.

Our law enforcement presence this holiday weekend, and everyday is all about increased awareness and saving lives.

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office joins our partners in Laurel County, and in our surrounding counties, in working together this Memorial Day weekend.--Together we can make a difference!

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens this Memorial Day weekend to drive defensively, and always expect the unexpected.

Have a happy and safe holiday!


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