Kentucky law enforcement targeting aggressive drivers during national effort

Republished from WEKU.

Just slightly ahead of the Memorial Day holiday period, Kentucky law enforcement officers will be looking for aggressive drivers. It’s part of Operation SafeDRIVE.

The national initiative focuses on dangerous interstate driving behaviors like speeding, tailgating, distracted driving, and driving under the influence. Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Sergeant Jason Morris said reaction time is lessened by speed and compromised further in close proximity to trucks.

“Every operator that’s traveling on any roadway has a due diligent to be defensive driver,” said Morris.

Morris noted excessive speed is a primary reason for nearly a quarter of all fatal crashes. He added that and tailgating, for instance, can be characterized as acting knowingly.

Morris said breaking the speed limit along with aggressiveness is a dangerous combination.

“When you add the speeding to aggressive driving as far as aggressive lane changes , tailgating…again it really cuts down that person’s opportunity to be able to stop their vehicle and be able to be safe on the roadway,” said Morris.

The enforcement campaign complements efforts to educate all drivers on safely sharing roadways with large trucks. The recommendations include staying out of blind spots, passing safely, and don’t cut off large vehicles.

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Originally published by WEKU.

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