Written By: Ishton W. Morton – October 7th, 2019
Referencing Northern Kentucky it is known to be the third-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Commonwealth of Kentucky after Louisville and Lexington. Also, its cities and towns serve as the de facto “south side” communities of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Unquestionably the label “Northern Kentucky” is abbreviated as NKY and is generally used to demonstrate the common identity shared across county and city lines by the residents of these northern counties.
Arguably, the label seeks to reverse the divisions that occurred to Campbell County, which, in 1794, included the land of Boone, Kenton, Pendleton counties, and most of Bracken and Grant counties.
Subsequently, the urban and suburban areas of the northern counties are densely populated. Indeed, of Greater Cincinnati‘s over two million residents 447,457 of the residents live in Northern Kentucky (as of 2018), with the three most northern counties contributing 390,736 residents themselves.
Accordingly, the largest cities in each of the three (3) northern-most counties are Covington which is the largest city in northern Kentucky, and the largest city in Kenton County, Florence the largest city in Boone County, and Newport, the largest city in Campbell County.
Now, according to information received, on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 in Kenton County, Kentucky police officers there have handed out approximately 281 traffic citations in just about a 12-hour period along I-75 as part of an effort to reduce aggressive driving in Northern Kentucky.
In Kentucky aggressive driving is covered under the legal definition of reckless driving which is a violation of Kentucky statute 189.290.
Kenton County, Kentucky police officers believes drivers in Kentucky have a legal duty to follow state highway laws and to operate their vehicle safely. Unfortunately, far too often drivers fail to live up to that duty. Because of that, reckless driving in Kentucky is a major problem.
Accordingly, the statute requires all drivers to operate their vehicle in a careful and safe manner. Moreover, motorists must drive with consideration for the safety of other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians. Notably, the language in this statute is moderately broad because the Kentucky legislature sought after a strict burden on drivers to be safe behind the wheel.
Here are some examples of situations that the state considers reckless driving: (1) Driving more than 15 miles per hour above the posted limit; (2) Making erratic and unnecessary lane changes; (3) Following another driver too closely (tailgating); (4) Passing at an inappropriate time; (5) Drag racing with another driver; and (6) Any other violation that demonstrates a disregard for public safety
Although aggressive driving is extremely common among U.S. drivers, the argument of enforcing laws to combat aggressive driving is enormously supported in a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Reportedly, officers in Kenton County were out in full force on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. and gave out 281 traffic citations for offenses like speeding, reckless driving and distracted driving.
Police increasing patrols on I-75 in Northern Kentucky with an intent to reduce crashes. The enforcement effort stretches along the interstate from Erlanger to the Ohio border and looks for drivers who aren’t behaving behind the wheel. Actually, this campaign started Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 and will continue until September 2020.
A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that nearly 80% of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the previous year. Previous research by the AAA Foundation found that from 2003 to 2007, over half of fatal crashes involved at least one driver who performed a potentially aggressive action.
If you are caught speeding in Northern Kentucky, using improper lane changes, texting or driving recklessly and are, you will be ticketed.
Police hope the campaign facilitate a change driver habits. Drivers can expect to see more cruisers from Erlanger, Fort Mitchell, Covington and Kenton County police departments the next few weeks. Good luck!
Here is a breakdown of the citations as were handed-out: (1) Speeding: 88; (2)DUI: 1; (3) Improper Lane Use: 13; (4) Fail To Move For Emergency Vehicle: 20; (5) No Insurance/No Proof: 42; (6) Texting: 9; (7) No/Expired Registration: 17; (8) Failure To Transfer Vehicle: 6; (9) Suspended OL: 20; (10) Reckless Driving: 10; (11) Improper/No Signal: 7; (12) Disregard Traffic Regulation: 4; (13) Expired Driver’s License: 3; (14) Following Too Close: 9; (15) Failure To Give Right of Way: 2; (16) Not Wearing Seat belt: 11 (17) Improper Passing: 3; (18) Failure To Notify DOT: 1; and (19) Other Citations: 15
Accordingly, the next scheduled enforcement campaign will be held on Monday, October 14th, 2019