Master Trooper Norman Chaffins
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Post 4 Sees A 40% Increase In DUI Arrests For The Month Of March
Date of News Release: 04/11/2012
(Elizabethtown, KY) - The Kentucky State Police Post 04 in Elizabethtown covers 8 counties. They include: Hardin, Jefferson, Bullitt, Nelson, Meade, Breckinridge, Larue, and Grayson.
We will continue to conduct traffic safety checkpoints through April and the rest of 2012, looking for impaired drivers and restraint violations at various locations throughout our post area.
For the month of March 2012, Post 04 Troopers wrote a total of 2,137 citations. We removed 67 drunk drivers from Kentucky roadways, which is approximately 20 more than last month, and cited 599 speeders. 265 violators were charged for failure to wear a seatbelt with 10 additional citations for failure to use a child restraint. We investigated 130 crashes and conducted 3,006 vehicle inspections. 1,175 motorists were given a courtesy notice in lieu of a traffic citation for minor traffic offenses. We assisted 254 motorists stranded on Kentucky roadways and answered over 1,557 citizenís complaints. We were involved in 737 special details and conducted over 15 community programs which reached over 1,000 citizens of the Commonwealth. Our Detectives and Troopers opened over 76 criminal cases and made 255 criminal arrests. We contacted over 823 victims of crimes on cases that we are investigating. In total, Post 04 Troopers, Detectives, and Command Staff logged over 10,997 hours of service for the Kentucky citizens we served.
Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, April 2, through Sunday, April 8, 2012.
All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and six victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Barren, Boone, Daviess, Hopkins, Knox, Rockcastle and Scott counties.
Through April 8, 2012, preliminary statistics* indicate that 161 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 4 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 136 motor vehicle fatalities and 79 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Eighteen of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Eleven crashes involved a motorcycle and eight victims were not wearing helmets. Two crashes involved an ATV and one victim was not wearing a helmet. Twelve crashes involved a pedestrian. Twenty-six deaths 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. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).