Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement
Speed enforcement stepped up on Snyder Crashes, complaints prompt crackdown
Sheldon S. Shafer
In an effort to catch speeders and make the Gene Snyder Freeway safer, the state started concentrating yesterday on enforcing the speed limit on the 36-mile highway that arcs around Louisville.
The posted limit is 65 mph.
The fine for going 70 to 74 mph is only $5 — but court costs add $135.50.
And the fines increase with speed. The penalty for going 80 mph, for instance, is $30 plus court costs.
Officers with the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement agency will be providing the special patrols.
"I have instructed them to strictly enforce traffic laws," said Capt. Eric Edmondson of the agency's Louisville regional office.
The request for stepped-up enforcement came from state Rep. Steve Riggs, D-Jeffersontown, who said "people are scared to death" to drive on the Snyder.
"You can't have a freeway that is too dangerous to drive on," he said.
Edmondson said the vehicle-enforcement command decided to target the freeway because of several serious accidents and numerous complaints about speeding.
Eight officers will be assigned to the patrols for at least two weeks.
Officers will work four 10-hour shifts a week, and there may be as many as seven officers working during morning and afternoon rush hours, Edmondson said.
There will be at least some enforcement between 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. weekdays.
Edmondson said nearly every officer in the nine-county Louisville region is being assigned to the project on a short-term basis.
Commanders believe the seriousness of the problem justifies using so many officers, he said.
The project may continue, depending on its success, Edmondson said.
The vehicle enforcement agency used to be part of the state Transportation Cabinet, but it was moved to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet last year.
The agency has both sworn law-enforcement officers and weight and safety inspectors.
It tries to promote safe driving, with an emphasis on commercial vehicles.
But the crackdown on the Snyder will target any speeding vehicle.