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Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
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Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Post 4 Enforcement Efforts See Increase In Every Area Of Traffic Enforcement For The Month Of May

Date of News Release: 06/07/2012

(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 June and the rest of 2012, looking for impaired drivers and restraint violations at various locations throughout our post area.

For the month of May 2012, Post 04 Troopers wrote a total of 2,579 citations. We removed 78 drunk drivers from Kentucky roadways and cited 717 speeders. 407 violators were charged for failure to wear a seatbelt. 39 citations were for failure to use a child restraint. We investigated 104 crashes and conducted 3,349 vehicle inspections. 1,116 motorists were given a courtesy notice in lieu of a traffic citation for minor traffic offenses. We assisted 299 motorists stranded on Kentucky roadways and answered over 1,750 citizenís complaints. We were involved in 879 special details and conducted over 30 community programs which reached over 1,000 citizens of the Commonwealth. Our Detectives and Troopers opened over 83 criminal cases and made 342 criminal arrests. We contacted over 855 victims of crimes on cases that we are investigating. In total, Post 04 Troopers, Detectives, and Command Staff logged over 12,362 hours of service for the Kentucky citizens we served.

Preliminary statistics* indicate that seventeen people died in sixteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Tuesday, May 29, through Sunday, June 3, 2012.

Ten of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and five victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Green, Greenup, Logan, McCracken and Pendleton counties. One double-fatality crash occurred in Warren County.

There were three motorcycle involved fatalities and two of the victims were not wearing helmets. Crashes occurred in Bath, Jefferson and Powell counties.

There were four pedestrian involved fatalities and they occurred in Boone, Madison, Martin and Trimble counties. The crash in Boone County and involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Through June 3, 2012, preliminary statistics* indicate that 305 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 41 more fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 253 motor vehicle fatalities and 148 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirty-two of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Twenty-five crashes involved a motorcycle and fifteen victims were not wearing helmets. Three crashes involved an ATV and two victims were not wearing helmets. Twenty-three crashes involved a pedestrian and one involved a bicycle. Fifty-three 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).

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