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Will you be the next victim?

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By The Staff

STOP! Are you going to be the next person to cause a traffic wreck, or, will you be the next victim?

According to the 2007 Kentucky State Police Crime and Traffic Report, there were 37,750 traffic accidents that occurred in state intersections. Friday had the most of any day of the week - 22,183; and October had the highest monthly total with 11,320.

The State of Kentucky Driver Manual describes the following: "Red means stop, green means go and yellow means warning. Yellow lights mean the traffic signal is about to turn red. Stop if you can do so safely. A vehicle may clear the intersection on a red light if the vehicle entered the intersection while the signal was yellow, but it is against the law to enter an intersection after the signal turns red."

Traffic in and around Campbellsville is getting to be dangerous. Take time to slow down, especially, when a traffic signal turns from green to yellow. Drivers at an intersection stopped for a red light must be more vigilant than ever before to make sure the roadway is clear before proceeding through an intersection. There is no award for getting through intersections marked 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 without having to slow down for a yellow light and never stopping for a red light.

While we are at it, let's all use the directional turn signals that come as standard equipment in our vehicles. The surprise turn is as dangerous as driving through red stop lights.

Another observation regarding the intersections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 - why the numbers instead of street signs? It would be much safer to drivers, especially those not familiar with Campbellsville, to give some clue as to where we are.

Buckle up, drive defensively and be safe. The consequences are beyond measurement.