A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Some words of caution about staying safe while driving in the extreme cold; tips from AAA

The message AAA and other traffic safety advocates share in advance of New Year’s Eve typically focuses on impaired driving but this year there is an additional concern – the extreme cold.   AAA is encouraging drivers to not only dress for a warm New Year’s Day celebration but to also take along the additional layers they will need in the event of a break down.   AAA has responded to thousands...

Some reminders from AAA about how to deal with colder weather, snow on the road — be prepared

With the first snow of the season, AAA is providing a refresher on driving during snowy and icy conditions and winter car care prep. Cold temperatures wreak havoc on car batteries and tires, and snow causes treacherous driving conditions.  As a result, AAA is gearing up for winter emergency roadside assistance calls.  AAA’s fleet of tow trucks, battery trucks and light service vehicles are...

In wake of massive hurricanes, AAA offers tips on how to spot a flood-damaged vehicle

Many Americans have been devastated by flooding in the past few weeks, thanks to a pair of huge hurricanes. In those regions, private vehicle owners, auto dealers and car auction managers face the dilemma of salvaging or restoring flood-damaged vehicles. AAA warns car buyers that flood-damaged vehicles can be shipped anywhere for resale, and they often continue to appear in the marketplace for up...

Louisville bridge project among 12 finalists competing for National Transportation Award

State department of transportation projects that swiftly addressed a spike in wrong-way driving fatalities; used high-tech tools like Bluetooth sensors to make work zones safer; and improved pedestrian access to heavily traveled corridors are among the twelve finalist in the 2017 America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation...

AAA: Independence day will be historic, 44.2 million people expected to travel; here are some tips

This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue. With 1.25 million more travelers than last year, 2017 will be marked as the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever. “Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence...

AAA offers tips to prepare for Brent Spence Bridge construction — yes, it’s impacting travel times

As tristate commuters prepare for the first Monday morning commute since the start of maintenance construction on the Brent Spence bridge, AAA warns of the significant impact it could have on travel. “The start of the Brent Spence Bridge maintenance project can cause major traffic troubles for commuters,” said Cheryl Parker, AAA spokeswoman. “We want motorists to be mindful of the impact this...

Memorial Day weekend travel at highest level in 12 years, according to AAA projections

AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005. “The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Bill Sutherland,...

AAA reports gas prices at their highest for the year but starting to stall; switch to summer blend done

Gas prices in the region continue to climb, although the pace has slowed somewhat in the past few days. Local refiners wrapped up the switch to summer-blend gasoline, resulting in significant price increases over the last two weeks. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.42. This price is a penny more expensive than one week ago, 13 cents more than one month ago...

Welcome to daylight savings time, but AAA urges motorists to avoid driving while drowsy

With the arrival of daylight saving time this weekend, AAA is reminding drivers (who will be losing an hour’s sleep) to not only adjust their clocks – but also their sleeping habits to avoid drowsy driving. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 35 percent of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily. And with drowsy driving involved in more than...

When all ‘hail’ breaks loose, here are some tips from AAA for recovering from storm damage

The area will continue to be impacted by strong winds with the potential for more flooding. A storm’s impact can cause damage to vehicles and homes, bringing headaches for homeowners and renters alike.   Floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average flood claim...

AAA: Distracted driving among teenagers much more serious than previously thought

  Research conducted into crash videos of teen drivers has found significant evidence that distracted driving is likely much more serious a problem than previously known, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The video analysis finds that distraction was a factor in nearly six out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, which is four times as many as official estimates based on police...

Gas falls below $3 a gallon, helping drivers save at least $250 million a day, AAA says

  The national average price of gas dropped below $3 a gallon for the first time since Dec. 22, 2010, ending its longest streak ever above that price, according to AAA. In Kentucky, the current average price is $2.924 (as of Nov. 3 at 3:45 a.m.).   AAA estimates that lower gas prices are helping consumers save at least $250 million per day on gasoline compared to early summer when the national...

Crawford’s student safety patrol is vigilant about ensuring atmosphere of order and calm

As part of their training for the safety patrol at Crawford Middle School, students brainstormed qualities of a good leader such as integrity. Three officers from the FCPS Law Enforcement Division, including Director Chris Townsend, serve as mentors for the safety patrol. Adviser Margaret Van Hook is also lining up relevant guests such as the Lexington police’s canine unit and mounted police unit...

Rite of Passage? AAA Foundation’s study shows teens delay getting driver’s license

The majority of American teens today delay getting a driver’s license, according to study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.   Less than half of teens obtain a driver’s license within 12 months of the minimum age. (Photo from AAA) Less than half (44 percent) of teens obtain a driver’s license within 12 months of the minimum age for licensing in their state and just over half (54...