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Police are stepping up speed patrols in the wake of higher traffic fatality numbers

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A massive speedtrap sting begins perched on an overpass at the Watterson Expressway where Sgt. Bill Patterson spots vehicles that are speeding and radios down to officers waiting below who pull the driver over and issue the citation. A massive speedtrap sting begins perched on an overpass at the Watterson Expressway where Sgt. Bill Patterson spots vehicles that are speeding and radios down to officers waiting below who pull the driver over and issue the citation.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you feel the need for speed, your chances of getting a ticket just went up.

Louisville police are putting extra officers on speed traps and there are three places you're most likely to get caught. 

These days, the danger zones are local highways. With fatal crashes on the rise, LMPD is putting more officers on the streets, and you are probably going to see them at work.

A massive speedtrap sting begins perched on an overpass at the Watterson Expressway where Sgt. Bill Patterson spots vehicles that are speeding and radios down to officers waiting below. 

"The laser actually puts a red dot on each vehicle," Sgt. Patterson explained of his radar gun. "We're trying to get 75 or higher, it just makes the stop a little more legitimate."

Officer Ken Christian says there's almost always an excuse.

"The reason why I am stopping you is because of the seatbelt law, you gotta wear your seatbelt okay?" he explained to a driver during a stop.

This driver said he was running late for an important appointment.

"I'm just late for my interview and I'm just really tying to hurry up, my interview is at St. Matthews Mall at Champs, and I am just really trying to hurry up, sir," he said.

But police learn he's not only speeding and not wearing a seatbelt, he shouldn't even be behind the wheel.

"It just confirmed what I was looking for, that he is suspended," Officer Christian said while looking at his computer.

"Here's your information back right here, okay? This right here though is a citation, it is for two things. It is for the seatbelt law, also you are operating on a suspended license," he said to the driver.

It's a scene that will play out across Louisville over and over, with the main focus is on interstates and expressways.

"We want people to know, the extra patrols are every day," Sgt. Patterson said. "Especially 264, 65 and I-64, that's where the bulk of our accidents occur."

In 2013, there were 82 highway fatalities, 72 in 2014 and then 81 last year.

"We take it personal that we had 81 deaths last year on our roadways, you know, that's, that's part of our job is to try to reduce that number," Patterson said.

He says it will also reduce another painful part of his job.

"I have personally seen many family members come up on a scene and learn that their loved one has passed away from a fatal accident," said Patterson.

That's why police want you to see this story and don't even mind the facebook posts warning drivers that the feared mustangs are out.

"That's just as good as me writing one ticket, actually it is better, you know, because how many people are going to see that Facebook post and know that, 'oh, man, the police are out,'" he said.

Police say the speed details will continue indefinitely.

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