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Thursday, March 5, 2015

'Welcome to Fort Thomas Sign' a Victim of Texting and Driving

FTM file. 

At the December 1, 2014 City Council meeting a resident complained about how long it was taking the city to clean up road kill on Memorial Parkway. You can read that roundup here. 

A discussion ensued about why it was not picked up. City officials pointed out that that particular deer carcass was actually in Newport, which is why it was not picked up.

Memorial Parkway actually runs through three cities, Fort Thomas, Newport and Bellevue. Add the fact that because it's a state route, it's the state's responsibility to maintain the road and you've got a bit of a problem.

To try to visually show the Fort Thomas borders, as a result of the original complaint by the resident, a sign was put up near the border of Fort Thomas across from Stardust Point at a cost of $180 per sign.

That sign, however, didn't last long.

According to a Fort Thomas Police report, on February 26 at 12:30 AM a Fort Thomas Police cruiser came upon a deserted vehicle that had hit the sign, going southbound on Memorial Parkway.

From the report: "It was obvious that the driver of the vehicle left the roadway and ran over a welcome sign. The vehicle was stuck in the snow and ice. I responded to the owner's home and spoke to the owner of the vehicle."

"She stated that she had run off the road at approximately (10:30 PM) because she was texting and driving. She had a tow truck at her home and they were in the process of responding back to Memorial Parkway to get her vehicle out of the snow and ice."

No one was hurt in the single vehicle crash and according to the police report, there was minor damage to the vehicle.

According to City Administrator, Don Martin, the person's insurance will be reimbursing the city for the cost of the new sign, of which two were ordered, and the new one will go up immediately after the winter weather subsides.

FTM file. 


  1. I know this is probably a small item, but it amazes me how good FTM has become. Accurate and so in-tuned with Ft. Thomas. I have driven by this about 10 times and wondered. Thanks guys.

  2. Did she get a ticket? $180 a sign? TODAY WE DO SIGNS. (My new job.)