With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday, many travelers will extend their vacation plans to include the weekend before or after the holiday.
Kentucky State Police plan increased patrols during this time frame and motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling.
KSP Commissioner Jack Adams says the Independence Day holiday driving period has become one of the most dangerous times for highway travel.
He says last year there were 1,160 crashes on Kentucky roads during the four-day driving period.
The collisions resulted in 16 deaths and 494 injuries.
Adams says many of the deaths and injuries could have been prevented if motorists practiced basic defensive driving skills and used seat belts.