In Kentucky and around the nation, driving on some days of the year is more dangerous than others. Holidays are some of the worst days because of increased traffic and alcohol consumption. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, insurance companies and other organizations have compiled statistics showing which periods are more risky than others.
A recent study indicates that teens are engaging in a variety of distracted driving behaviors beyond texting while driving. The study was led by Oregon State University, and it found that 27 percent of teens admit to changing clothes and shoes while driving, and teens also reported engaging in activities like changing contacts or doing homework while behind the wheel.
An ever-increasing number of drivers on the road is engaging in activities while driving that are distracting and pose a hazard to themselves, other drivers and pedestrians. The rapid influx of electronic devices into the mainstream population has created a surge of accidents that are caused by people who are talking on the phone, texting and adjusting navigation systems.
On Jan. 18, a 26-year-old woman was killed in an early morning crash on Dixie Highway. The accident occurred at Greenwood Road in the Pleasure Ridge Park just after 4 a.m., according to the Louisville Metro Police Department.
A female driver who was involved in a car accident that occurred on Sept. 5 in Kentucky was charged with DUI and murder after the fatal crash. According to the news source, the crash took place near Shelbyville Road's intersection with Dorsey Lane in Louisville.
Kentucky construction zones can be dangerous places for road workers, often requiring various precautions such as signs and enforced speed limits. While construction areas are usually marked, it is possible for drivers to miss warnings and enter an area too fast. This can make the construction hazardous for both workers and other vehicles.
A 34-year-old man died and four other people suffered injuries in a July 18 accident that occurred on Interstate 64 near the Fayette County-Scott County line. According to the Fayette County coroner, his office received a phone call from authorities at 2:20 p.m. regarding an accident that police believe occurred when a grey Ford sedan crossed the median into the eastbound lanes while going westbound on the highway.
A head-on collision between a car and a semi-truck left one woman dead in Magoffin County on July 14. The woman was a passenger in the car that collided with the truck.
In a perfect world, there would be no drunk drivers. Or at least, we would be able to detect who is driving under the influence and give their vehicles a wide berth on the road.
Law enforcement officers throughout Kentucky took steps to crack down on drunk driving over the New Year's holiday earlier this week. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state planned to have extra patrols out on the streets as well as set up roadside checkpoints in an effort to take drunk drivers off the roads, according to news reports.