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Police in Kentucky seize almost 80 pounds of meth

A multi-agency narcotics investigation in Kentucky has led to the seizure of almost 80 pounds of methamphetamine and the arrest of four individuals according to a press release from the McCracken County Sheriff's Department. A MCSD representative said that the seized drugs would be worth as much as $3.5 million if they were sold on the street. The offenses that the four individuals have been charged with have not been released as the investigation is ongoing, and further arrests are possible.

The drug investigation was launched when detectives identified several individuals who allegedly had ties to a Laurel County narcotic ring responsible for distributing significant quantities of methamphetamine in West Kentucky. While making their inquiries, detectives are said to have learned about a large quantity of drugs that were scheduled to be delivered to a residence on John Puryear Drive in Woodlawn-Oakdale.

How to avoid being a victim of road rage

According to a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 80% of respondents admitted to being angry or aggressive while driving. Honking, tailgating and making rude gestures were among the most common acts of aggression that survey participants took part in. While road rage may be relatively common in Kentucky and across the country, there are things that people can do to avoid a confrontation while on the road.

One tactic is to ignore a driver who makes a mistake or is acting aggressive while on the road. Generally speaking, yelling or honking at that person will only escalate the situation. It is also a good idea for an individual to stay in his or her vehicle if someone else is acting in a menacing manner. Ideally, anyone who feels threatened will drive until it is safe to call authorities or otherwise get help.

How can you and other pedestrians stay safe on the road?

Whether you're exercising, walking to your job or just strolling along Kentucky streets, as a pedestrian, a car crashing into you is always a dangerous possibility. Unfortunately, a person has little to no chance next to a zooming vehicle.

Crossing the road is more dangerous than you may think - so it's important to practice safety tips when traveling by foot. 

A college football game could leave you with DUI charges

With football season now underway, Louisville Cardinals fans are excited to cheer on their favorite college team. If you're a supporter, you might sport some red and make the drive to the University of Louisville to see the Cardinals play.

A large part of football involves tailgating and drinking alcoholic beverages, but that can lead to an increased risk of drinking and driving. After the game, you might have a long drive ahead of you, but driving drunk could lead to legal ramifications.

Distracted drivers can put others at risk for getting hurt

Driver impairment, excessive speed and running red lights are all common reasons why car accidents occur on Kentucky roadways. In fact, they are among some of the most common reasons why accidents happen on roads across the United States. Nationally, the number of deaths attributed to accidents caused by drivers running red lights jumped 30% from 2012 to 2017. In 2017, there were 939 fatalities caused by drivers who ran red lights, which was the highest total in the past 10 years.

According to the Traffic Safety Culture Index from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 85% of respondents said running a traffic light was dangerous. However, roughly one-third said that they had done so within 30 days of participating in the study. One police chief said that cellphones and other distractions were to blame for such behavior.

Accidents involve more Subaru Crosstreks than any other car

In Kentucky and across the U.S., many newer-model vehicles are getting into accidents. Insurify, an auto insurance comparison site with a database of over 1.6 million insurance quotes, has compiled a list of 10 newer vehicles that are involved in the most at-fault crashes. At the top is the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, a car that was a top safety pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This means it has top ratings for crash avoidance and crashworthiness.

In all, 13.64% of the vehicles on the Insurify list were impacted by car crashes. As for the Crosstrek, 25.81% of these vehicles have been involved in crashes. The high safety rating is reflected, though, in the fact that many of these crashes do not prove serious for occupants of the Crosstrek. Second on the list is the Honda HR-V, 25.7% of which were affected by accidents.

Older drivers distracted by touchscreens, other in-vehicle tech

Many in Kentucky drive "smart cars" with high-tech devices involving touchscreens and voice command features. While these devices are meant to reduce the amount of time drivers take their eyes off the road, they still tend to be confusing, especially to older drivers. A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that older drivers become more distracted than younger drivers do by this in-vehicle technology.

For this study, researchers at the University of Utah had two groups, one composed of drivers aged 21 to 36 and the other composed of drivers aged 55 to 75, use in-vehicle tech while operating a 2018 model vehicle on the road. Among the tasks they performed were sending texts, dialing phone numbers, plotting navigation and setting up music to play.

Front-end crash injuries more likely among women than men

Kentucky drivers should know that front-end collisions are the most typical kind of car crash. After analyzing nearly 23,000 such collisions that occurred from 1998 to 2015, researchers came to several intriguing conclusions, which were published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention. It turns out that women are 73% more likely than men to be injured in these crashes even when they are wearing a three-point seatbelt.

Female car occupants are especially prone to injuries involving the spine, abdomen and legs. Ailments to the spine and lower extremities are precisely what newer model vehicles can reduce the risk for. However, researchers found that the aforementioned trend among women applies both to vehicles made in the most recent decade (2009 to 2019) and older vehicles.

DUI crash deaths peak on July Fourth

Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense that can lead to first-time offenders being fined and going to jail for upwards of a year. Of course, DUI crashes also result in many fatalities. Kentucky residents should know that the most DUI-related fatalities occur on the Fourth of July. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,195 such fatalities occurred on this holiday between 2010 and 2017.

DUI-related fatalities go up 57% during the Fourth of July weekend compared to any equivalent summer day. For example, 184 people died during the Independence Day weekend in 2017. Taking a comparable period of four to five summer days, it was found that an average of 117 people died.

Summer driving can be dangerous for teens

Parents in Kentucky may be especially concerned about their teen drivers in the summer months. As school comes to an end and many teens pursue active schedules of jobs, parties, internships and summer fun, they spend much more time behind the wheel. However, teens are also inexperienced drivers with a significantly greater risk of motor vehicle accidents when behind the wheel. Summer roads are often crowded with vacationers, and the increased traffic on the road can be even more difficult for teen drivers to navigate.

Statistics show that parents' concerns about the safety of summer driving are well-placed, especially when teens are involved. The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day mark a high point for various types of motor vehicle accidents. Health professionals and emergency workers say that the summer months are some of their busiest. Not all of the increase in emergencies is due to auto accidents; many summer activities and outdoor events carry dangers of their own. However, drivers may want to pay special attention to safety when the roads fill with teens and vacationers. Ford Motor Co. says that the summer months are particularly dangerous to teen drivers due to the high number of accidents during this period.

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