4th of July Road Safety

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Its 4th of July weekend and everyone's hitting the roads.

But hitting the roads could be dangerous.

With the holiday falling on a Tuesday this year it changes the traffic flow of the four-day weekend.

"A lot of people are letting their employees off on Monday so the weekend...Friday, Saturday, and Sunday hasn't had the normal traffic patterns that we would have on a holiday weekend," says Trooper William Smith.

According to the Kentucky State Police, last year nine people in Kentucky died in accidents during the Fourth of July weekend.

KSP also says that it is one of the deadliest holidays on roads and highways and Trooper Smith says that there are a lot of factors which cause this.

"It falls in the summer months. People are at the lake boating. Several times there's alcohol and drug involvement and I believe that contributes a lot to the high amount of accidents and fatalities."

So far this holiday weekend there have been no deaths, but there have been several traffic accidents.

"Since Friday June 3rd at midnight, we've had 10 accidents in the entire post area. 7 of them being on I-65 and 3 of those being injury accidents."

Trooper Smith acknowledges that in addition to obstacles like fatigue, substance abuse, and driver inattention, motorists will have to deal with major construction areas.

"Right now, we have construction out on I-65. It can be confusing sometimes to people traveling through. We had a 3-car collision out there early this morning, I believe, and they were all people from out-of-state."

Law enforcement officials say they will be out in force this holiday weekend with checkpoints scattered throughout the area to help ensure your safety.

The Kentucky State Police offer these tips to stay safe while on the roads this year.

First... buckle your seat belt.

Slow down...driving the speed limit decreases the severity of a crash if it should occur and gives you more time to help avoid an accident.

Avoid aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating, passing on the shoulder of the road and weaving in and out of traffic.

Avoid fatigue, take frequent breaks if you are traveling long distances.