LA GRANGE, Ky. —
Starting this week drivers will see an increased amount of law enforcement patrolling I-71. The decision was made in efforts to reduce the number of collisions and prevent injuries from happening in this well-known region.
Upon the decision, David Voegele, Oldham County judge issued a statement on his Facebook Monday with this to say:
“Most agree traffic is intense and speeds too fast on I-71. More than 60,000 vehicles and between 12,500 and 13,000 trucks pass into the county every day. County police have issued more than 1,000 citations and warnings since January, and we have had 131 accidents through June 28th.”
Voegele also said the number of citations, warnings and crashes are "insane".
Often times this particular stretch of the interstate is backed up with traffic and many crashes occur.
“Most accidents are either caused by speed, distracted driving, aggressive driving and drugs and alcohol,” Oldham County Police Maj. Neil Johnson said.
During the beginning weeks of this initiative, Oldham County police will be using the Blitz tactic
“Through the end of the summer, we're going to be having blitz days where we're going to have five to 10 cars out there in each direction” Maj. Neil Johnson said.
The plan is expected to continue until 71 is widened out to six lanes. The six-lane project is still years away from production.