As KSP Increases Patrols For 4th Of July, Weather Causes Many Accidents

By: Brett Baldeck Email
By: Brett Baldeck Email

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) It was a busy Independence Day for Kentucky State Police. Their patrols are increasing this weekend to look for drivers who have celebrated a little too much. But on a washout like Thursday, even the best driver may have trouble.

"It's going to be causing the roadways to be a little slick due to the oils from the vehicles on on the roadway. So today our troopers will be out here working several collisions," says Trooper Jonathan Biven.

Within 5 minutes of my ride along we were flagged down for a rollover accident on I-65 in Bowling Green. The driver hydroplaned and hit the concrete barrier. She walked away with minor injuries.

"There's going to be some water pooling. The roadways get trenches in them or where cars are traveling they are going to pool just like you see here in the middle lane," says Trooper Biven.

Close to two inches of rain fell in some places today. Trooper Biven says the torrential downpours, combined with holiday traffic, means drivers need to take additional action.

"Make sure that you give yourself an ample amount of time to get to your destination, but also slow down. Visibility is not what it would be on a clear day," says Trooper Biven.

The conditions also proved too much for the driver of a mini-van who struck the center divider just miles down the road from our other accident.

"I believe this car right up here in front of us involved in a collision is from Georgia, but mother nature doesn't care where you're from," says Trooper Biven.

No matter what the weather Kentucky State Police say they will remain on increased patrols through Sunday.

KSP is also reminding drivers this holiday weekend about their "Be A Hero" campaign and become a designated driver for those who are celebrating.

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