With Independence Day coming up this week, state and city police want to warn locals that they will be on high alert.
Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs says the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays for the state. He added there will be periodic traffic safety check points all over Harlan, Bell and Knox counties.
Jacobs said the main focus this time of year will be DUI, speeding, insurance and registration violations along with the proper use of seat belts and child restraints.
The Kentucky State Police want to remind everyone to take their time and be cautious. Always have a sober driver because it’s just not worth the risk.
Bell County Sheriff Bruce Bennett said they will have every officer they have out in full force this week.
According to Bennett, officers are trained to easily notice if someone is driving impaired. As a reminder, the sheriff’s department won’t be at the same place all evening. Bennett said they will be having check points in a lot of different areas.
“Independence Day is not just the single day to be cautious,” Bennett said. “With the holiday falling in the middle of the week, it makes people more likely to break the law all week long.”
Bennett said that it is very important for the good citizens of Bell County to keep the police updated on anything dangerous occurring. Don’t be afraid to call in if you feel unsafe in any way.
“We all need to work together to keep the area safe and that means locals calling in to report anything they see against the law or harmful,” Bennett said.
Jacobs said it is very important to take your time and be cautious because Independence Day is one of the most dangerous holidays of the year.
Chase Smith is a staff writer and the Middlesboro Daily News. She can be contacted at email@example.com