Police are out as people travel this Memorial Day holiday - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Police are out as people travel this Memorial Day holiday

It's the first Memorial Day weekend that people will pay more than $4 a gallon for gas to go on a road trip.

People are speeding, not wearing their seat belts, driving with expired tags, and all sorts of other things.  Fox 41 News rode along with a state trooper Thursday, and watched him give ticket after ticket, and he says, the night is still young.

Trooper Mark LaMaster waits along the shoulder of I-65 sending laser beams to see how fast drivers are going.

He catches a wrecker going 72 miles an hour in a 55 zone.  LaMaster also finds expired tags. The driver's excuse for speeding, allergies.

"His eyes were bothering him and watering, and he couldn't tell how fast he was going until it was too late," said LaMaster.

With gas prices over $4 a gallon, troopers say they're surprised people are not slowing down - to get better gas mileage. As if prices at the pump don't hurt enough, a speeding ticket is enough to make this van's driver cry.

Troopers are out in full force - stopping bad drivers on interstates and roads in Kentucky, where eight people died last Memorial Day weekend, and in Indiana, where eleven people died.

"That's way too high. We have to reduce that this year.  So we're going to be putting a lot of emphasis on our traffic enforcement," said Sgt. Jerry Goodin with Indiana State Police.

Police say more than half of people killed in traffic accidents were not wearing a seatbelt so, "click it or ticket" no warnings given this weekend.

"I can guarantee you this: If you do not have your seatbelt on, you're going to get a ticket," said Goodin.

And that's exactly what happened to this pickup truck driver.

"He was without his seatbelt. And when I approached the vehicle, being that the seats are as high as they are, I couldn't tell, but there is a 4-year-old child in the passenger side seat without a booster seat or any kind of child restraint," said LaMaster.

And no seat belt.

One piece of good news, the number of fatal accidents are down - so far this year - as compared to the same time last year - in both Indiana and Kentucky.

Triple-A says people will probably not travel as far this holiday weekend - to save money on gas - but most accidents happen within 25 miles of home, so still be careful out there.

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