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Hit the brakes, aggressive drivers; state police see you

Fayette County is one of five counties Kentucky State Police are targeting in an effort to crack down on aggressive drivers.

Officers will be patrolling Interstates 65 and 75 more heavily over the next few weeks in search of drivers exhibiting risky behavior around big rigs.

In addition to Fayette, officers will also be focusing on Madison, Scott, Bullitt and Hart counties. State police said they selected the spans of interstate in those counties based on crash data.

Commercial motor vehicles have been involved in 300 fatal crashes statewide over the past three years, according to a Kentucky State Police press release.

"A car traveling 80 miles per hour only needs 160 feet to stop," Lt. Col. Mitch Bailey said in the release. "A commercial truck driving at that same rate of speed behind that car would take somewhere between 800 and 1,200 feet to stop."

Federal grant funds have also been used to purchase new signs encouraging drivers to leave more space between their cars and large trucks.

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