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Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
(270) 766-5078
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Elizabethtown Post Reports Activity For The Month Of November 2012

Date of News Release: 12/04/2012

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

For the month of November 2012, Post 04 Troopers wrote a total of 1,691 citations. We removed 34 drunk drivers from Kentucky roadways and cited 600 speeders. 133 violators were charged for failure to wear a seatbelt and eight citations were for failure to use a child restraint. We investigated 109 crashes and conducted 2,324 vehicle inspections. 853 motorists were given a courtesy notice in lieu of a traffic citation for minor traffic offenses. We assisted 189 motorists stranded on Kentucky roadways and answered over 1,064 citizenís complaints. We were involved in 723 special details and conducted over 50 community programs which reached over 3,000 citizens of the Commonwealth. Our Detectives and Troopers opened over 53 criminal cases, made 163 criminal arrests, and served over 76 criminal court documents. In addition, we contacted over 495 victims of crimes on cases that we investigated. In total, Post 04 Troopers, Detectives, and Command Staff logged over 10,011 hours of service for the Kentucky citizens we served.

Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in seven separate crashes on Kentuckyís roadways from Monday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012.

Three fatalities occurred prior to the start of the Thanksgiving holiday reporting period. One double fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Laurel County. One single fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Meade County.

Six fatalities were reported as the result of five crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period, which started at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 25. One double fatality crash occurred in Barren County. Both victims were not wearing seat belts and the suspected use of alcohol was involved. One single fatality crash occurred in each of the following counties: Garrard, Oldham, Rockcastle and Rowan. The victims in Garrard and Rockcastle counties were not wearing seat belts.

In 2011, 1,289 traffic crashes occurred throughout Kentucky during the Thanksgiving holiday period, claiming six lives and injuring 393 people.

Through Nov. 25, preliminary statistics* indicate that 657 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is eight fewer than reported for this time period in 2011. Of the 518 motor vehicle fatalities, 288 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 73 motorcycle fatalities, 38 were not wearing a helmet. Eleven of the 13 ATV fatalities were not wearing a helmet. Forty-six pedestrians, one scooter/moped rider and six bicycle riders have been killed. A total of 119 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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