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Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
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Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Stats from Post 4 for February 2012

Date of News Release: 03/14/2012

(Elizabethtown, KY) -- The Kentucky State Police Post 04 in Elizabethtown covers 8 counties. They include: Hardin, Jefferson, Bullitt, Nelson, Meade, Breckinridge, Larue, and Grayson Counties.

We will continue to conduct traffic safety checkpoints through March and the rest of 2012, looking for impaired drivers and restraint violations at various locations throughout our post area.

For the month of February 2012, Post 04 Troopers wrote a total of 1,870 citations. We removed 48 drunk drivers from Kentucky roadways and cited 632 speeders. 179 violators were charged for failure to wear a seatbelt. 9 citations were for failure to use a child restraint. We investigated 86 crashes and conducted 2,475 vehicle inspections. 1,015 motorists were given a courtesy notice in lieu of a traffic citation for minor traffic offenses. We assisted 252 motorists stranded on Kentucky roadways and answered over 1,360 citizenís complaints. We were involved in 660 special details and conducted over 15 community programs which reached over 1,000 citizens of the Commonwealth. Our Detectives and Troopers opened over 62 criminal cases and made 186 criminal arrests. We contacted over 656 victims of crimes on cases that we are investigating. In total, Post 04 Troopers, Detectives, and Command Staff logged over 9, 950 hours of service for the Kentucky citizens we served.

Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on Kentuckyís roadways from Monday, March 5 through Sunday, March 11, 2012.

All nine of the victims were traveling in motor vehicles. Seven were not wearing seat belts. Two of the fatalities were the result of crashes involving alcohol.

Single-fatality crashes occurred in each of the following counties: Allen, Breathitt, Graves, Hardin, Hart, Jefferson, Lewis, McCracken and Washington counties.

Through March 11, preliminary statistics* indicate that 116 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is five fewer than reported for this time period in 2011. Of the 104 motor vehicle fatalities, 60 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the two motorcycle fatalities, one was not wearing a helmet. One of the two ATV fatalities was not wearing a helmet. Eight pedestrians have been killed. A total of 18 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

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.

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