Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Post 4 April Activity
Date of News Release: 05/08/2012
(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 May 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 1,680 citations. We removed 50 drunk drivers from Kentucky roadways and cited 516 speeders. 168 violators were charged for failure to wear a seatbelt. 10 citations were for failure to use a child restraint. We investigated 81 crashes and conducted 2,345 vehicle inspections. 982 motorists were given a courtesy notice in lieu of a traffic citation for minor traffic offenses. We assisted 217 motorists stranded on Kentucky roadways and answered over 1,445 citizen's complaints. We were involved in 700 special details and conducted over 30 community programs which reached over 1,000 citizens of the Commonwealth. Our Detectives and Troopers opened over 88 criminal cases and made 230 criminal arrests. We contacted over 691 victims of crimes on cases that we are investigating. In total, Post 04 Troopers, Detectives, and Command Staff logged over 9,585 hours of service for the Kentucky citizens we served.
Preliminary statistics* indicate that eighteen people died in seventeen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, April 30, through Sunday, May 6, 2012.
All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and ten victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Barren (2), Boyd, Breckinridge, Calloway, Fayette (2), Grant, Hopkins, McCracken, Pike (2), Russell, Todd, Trigg, and Woodford counties. The crashes in Barren and McCracken counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.
One double fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Taylor County.
Through May 6, 2012, preliminary statistics* indicate that 222 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 7 more fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 191 motor vehicle fatalities and 111 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-three of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Twelve crashes involved a motorcycle and eight victims were not wearing helmets. Two crashes involved an ATV and one victim was not wearing a helmet. Sixteen crashes involved a pedestrian and one involved a bicycle. Thirty-five 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).