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Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Stats from Post 4 for November 2011

Date of News Release: 12/06/2011

(Elizabethtown, Ky.) –- For the month of November 2011, Post 04 Troopers wrote a total of 1,672 citations. We removed 24 drunk drivers from Kentucky roadways which was 7 more than last month. We cited 629 speeders and 153 violators for failure to wear a seatbelt (50 more seat belts than October). 5 citations were for failure to use a child restraint. We investigated 131 crashes and conducted 2,379 vehicle inspections. 663 motorists were given a courtesy notice in lieu of a traffic citation for minor traffic offenses. We assisted 206 motorists stranded on Kentucky roadways and answered a total of 2,517 citizen’s complaints which was over 1,200 more complaints than October. We were involved in 693 special details and conducted over 50 community programs which reached over 6,000 citizens of the Commonwealth. Our Detectives and Troopers opened over 73 criminal cases and made 167 criminal arrests. We contacted over 610 victims of crimes on cases that we are investigating. In total, Post 04 Troopers, Detectives, and Command Staff logged over 10,202 hours of service for the Kentucky citizens we served.

From November 28 through December 4th, 2011 there have been 10 separate fatalities on Kentucky roadways. Eight of those involved motor vehicles and four of the victims were not wearing a seat belt. Single fatalities occurred in Adair, Butler, Christian, Daviess, Fayette, Jefferson (2), and Lyon counties. Alcohol appeared to be a factor in the Fayette, Daviess, and Jefferson County crashes. Elizabethtown Post 04 had zero fatalities in our post area.

Two pedestrian involved crashes occurred in Jefferson County.

Through Dec. 4, 2011, preliminary statistics* indicate that 668 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. This is forty-nine less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2010. There have been 526 motor vehicle fatalities and 272 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Fifty-nine of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Sixty-one crashes involved a motorcycle and thirty-four victims were not wearing helmets. Twenty-five crashes involved an ATV and twenty-one victims were not wearing helmets. Fifty crashes involved pedestrians and two involved a bicycle. Two crashes involved a scooter and two involved a horse-drawn vehicle. A total of one hundred ten fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. Those results indicate that approximately 20% or 1 out of 5 crashes was alcohol related.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

*These statistics are still preliminary as KSP waits for all local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

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