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Speed and aggressive driving campaign kicks off in Kenton County this October

Countywide focus on I-75
I-75 Kenton County campaign
Posted at 3:21 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 09:40:26-04

ERLANGER, Ky. — Slowing down drivers on Interstate 75 in Kenton County will be the focus of a year-long campaign against dangerous driving starting on Oct. 1.

Law enforcement officers from the Covington, Erlanger, Fort Mitchell and Kenton County police departments are partnering with Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Officers will patrol I-75 from the Ohio River in Covington to the I-275 interchange in Erlanger, according to a news release, with a heavy focus on aggressive and dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, improper lane changes, distracted driving and following too close.

This section of I-75 has “an unacceptable high rate of crashes per year,” the release said. Aggressive driving behaviors, like speeding, are not the only cause, but are among the causes of deadly and serious crashes.

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“We receive numerous complaints about too many motorists and truckers on I-75 driving recklessly and/or too fast for conditions,” said Covington Police Chief Rob Nader in a statement. “We can reduce these complaints – and the accidents they cause – through enforcement.”

The driving enforcement campaign is federally funded, and continues through Sept. 30, 2020.

“We appreciate the KOHS and NHTSA’s assistance in providing financial support to make interstate travel safer for all commuters, particularly for residents in the Northern Kentucky region,” said Fort Mitchell Mayor Jude Hehman.