By: Erica Byfield
McCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - The road that leads to Paducah International Raceway has proven to be dangerous. It's called Oaks Road. Since the beginning of this year officers logged seven major crashes there with three deaths.
We took a ride down Oaks Road with an officer to find what drivers are doing wrong. It's not everyday a professional, like McCracken County Chief Deputy Mike Turnbow, will get behind the wheel and show you how it's done. "I'll demonstrate what's been happening at a very slow speed of course" he said.
The seven major accidents along this stretch of road all have one major thing in common; drivers panic when they start to slip off the road and end up over correcting. Also, in all three cases where people died speed, drunk driving and drugs where not a factor.
So what do you do on a curvy country road when you start to loose control? Turnbow said "the idea is to stay off the breaks and very gently stir back on the roadway" it just that simple, jerking the wheel is never a good idea.