Boone County steps up highway patrols for Labor Day weekend

Deputies hope to prevent fatalies
Posted at 6:41 AM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 06:41:19-04

BOONE COUNTY, Ky. -- With millions of Americans packing up for a trip this Labor Day weekend, we can expect heavier traffic on the roads as well as more of our friendly patrolmen watching for speeders. 

Boone County deputies say they want to be up-front about this: There will be 25 officers on a very short stretch of I-71/75 around I-275 and the airport starting at 9 a.m. Friday. That number will grow to 37 through the rest of the holiday weekend.

It's part of annual enforcement to track down speeders, dangerous drivers and anybody who gets behind the wheel impaired. 

The National Safety Council predicts this will be the deadliest Labor Day weekend since 2008. In 2015, 10 people were killed on Kentucky roads during the Labor Day holiday and 11 were killed in Ohio.

It's not just Northern Kentucky that's cracking down on bad drivers; Ohio agencies have similar plans to flood the roads with officers this weekend.