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Motorists urged to "Slow Down, Move Over"

Posted at 5:58 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 18:39:26-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — AAA estimates that 50 million travelers will be hitting the road this Thanksgiving.

Our local AAA club says that's the second highest number since they started keeping track of the statistics in 2000.

With that many people on the road, they're emphasizing safety.

"Don't be distracted by your phone," AAA Blue Grass spokeswoman Lori Weaver Hawkins said. "Don't be distracted by your vehicle's technology, conversation or any of that."

Hawkins tells LEX 18 that, on average, one tow truck operator is killed every other week in the nation, and the holiday rush can be especially dangerous for them.

"We're not always on the interstate busy roads, but when we are it gets your blood flowing," AAA roadside worker Tad Cobuluis said. "You have to be aware."

Beyond avoiding distractions, AAA and local law enforcement want to remind drivers to "Slow Down and Move Over".

"All we have to do is pay attention," KSP Trooper Robert Purdy said.

Just this month, one roadside crash hurt three construction workers. Another crash hurt two Madison County deputies.