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Extra highway patrols will hopefully lead to fewer crashes over Labor Day

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) –- A three-day weekend for Labor Day means more people traveling on Kentucky highways for their holiday plans.

“You always got to watch out because there's some crazy people driving out there,” Donna Kader said.

Kader took a short break at a Kentucky rest stop Saturday afternoon on her way to Pennsylvania. So far she says the highways have been pretty safe.

“I think we've only seen no accidents today and three yesterday, so that's not bad for a holiday weekend,” Kader said.

But others haven't been so lucky. David Dees is on his way to Ohio. He and his passengers have had a few close calls.

“We had a guy cut us off ... almost got hit. We had another one pull out in front of us,” Dees said.

But even that is minor in comparison to crashes in 2014. Last year in Kentucky there were more than 4,300 alcohol-related crashes. On Labor Day alone, 14 people were killed and 297 were injured.

Kentucky State Police and local law enforcement officials are wrapping up their "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. They are hoping to see a decrease in those numbers this weekend.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one person is killed in a drunk driving crash every 52 minutes, but around Labor Day those fatalities increase to every 34 minutes.

“We don't drive at night. No, we don't drive after dark because of that and the deer,” Kader said.

“Oh yeah, you definitely got to be careful. You got to be a defensive driver. Got to be on your toes all the time,” Dees said.

Doug Cochran is also on a road trip with his family. As a truck driver, he's witnessed the most horrific crashes.

“Ten to twelve mile back-ups because two or three trucks and a car get together and shut the highway down. I've seen it all,” Cochran said.

And he doesn't want to be another statistic added to an already deadly year with 482 fatal crashes in 2015.

“It might be your family in the car next to me, and I don't want to see anything happen to anybody else. So that’s the way I drive, try to be safe,” Cochran said.

“People just got to be safe and watch what they're doing,” Dees said.

Kentucky State Police also encourage people to download the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" app for your smart phone. From there people can easily request taxi services to get home safely if they've been drinking. 

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