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Distracted Driving Checkpoints Kickoff in Kentucky

To increase driving safety, Kentucky State Police will be increasing the number of "distracted driving" checkpoints across the state. Police say they will not only target motorists using their cell phones, but any distracted drivers, including those caught eating and drinking.

Posted February 7, 2014 by William Vaughns

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Police conduct a Roadside Safety Check in Chicago. Photo Credit: guardianlv.com

Police conduct a Roadside Safety Check in Chicago. Photo Credit: guardianlv.com

To increase driving safety, Kentucky State Police will be increasing the number of "distracted driving" checkpoints across the state. Police say they will not only target motorists using their cell phones, but any distracted drivers, including those caught eating and drinking.

The enforcement program, called Operation R.A.I.D. (Remove Aggressive, Impaired and Distracted drivers from Kentucky Roadways), went into effect this month and will remain active for one year. Law enforcement will be more visible across the state, and the number of distracted driving check points are expected to increase as part of the program.

"Not only just texting, but any distracting drivers. This includes eating and drinking. We are going to be out looking for those people. You're going to see a major force when it comes time for St. Patrick's Day weekend and holiday weekends," Trooper Biven of the Kentucky State Police tells WBKO.

Opponents of the program say although Kentucky has banned text messaging while driving, there is no state law that prohibits eating while driving. Police will be pulling over motorists and subjecting them to checkpoints over a supposed violation that doesn't exist - a clear violation of the fourth amendment.

KSP Director of Operations, Lieutenant Colonel Jack Miniard says the campaign focus is about bringing awareness to dangerous driving behavior and reducing loss of life on Kentucky highways.

"This program is not about writing tickets, it is about enforcing traffic laws and bringing awareness to dangerous driving behaviors that cause crashes," Miniard told Fulton Kentucky News.

Miniard adds the campaign will have both an enforcement and educational component to assist in getting the message out to motorists.

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Karen (guest)  February 8, 2014
Police are the ones who drive distracted, I see them all the time looking at their laptops and talking on the phone.
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edward (guest)  February 8, 2014
Former Reagan official Paul Craig Roberts has a dire warning in regards to increased police power as well as the growth in police brutality. People had better pay attention to his words before it is too late. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7lgXc2coAs&feature=youtube_gdata
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