Master Trooper Norman Chaffins
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Elizabethtown Post Reports Activity For The Month Of December
Date of News Release: 01/02/2013
(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 January and the rest of 2013 looking for impaired drivers, unrestrained motorists, and traffic violations at various locations throughout our post area.
For the month of December 2012, Post 04 Troopers wrote a total of 1,658 citations. We removed 33 drunk drivers from Kentucky roadways and cited 423 speeders. 110 violators were charged for failure to wear a seatbelt and six citations were for failure to use a child restraint. We investigated 92 crashes and conducted 2,017 vehicle inspections. 774 motorists were given a courtesy notice in lieu of a traffic citation for minor traffic offenses. We assisted 204 motorists stranded on Kentucky roadways and answered over 1,197 citizen?s complaints. We were involved in 574 special details and conducted over 20 community programs which reached over 1,000 citizens of the Commonwealth. Our Detectives and Troopers opened over 55 criminal cases, made 216 criminal arrests, and served over 136 criminal court documents. In addition, we contacted over 497 victims of crimes on cases that we investigated. In total, Post 04 Troopers, Detectives, and Command Staff logged over 8,847 hours of service for the Kentucky citizens we served.
Preliminary statistics* indicate that 11 people died in five separate crashes on Kentucky roadways during the Christmas holiday period beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, extending through Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.
Crashes occurred in Christian, Clark, Jefferson, Knox and Pike counties. Ten of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and six of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The crashes in Christian, Knox and Pike counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.
One single fatality crash occurred in Pike County. Two double fatality crashes occurred in both Christian and Clark counties.
A quadruple fatality crash occurred in Knox County. One pedestrian involved fatality occurred in Jefferson County.
Through Dec. 25, 2012, preliminary statistics* indicate that 729 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 16 more fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 578 motor vehicle fatalities and 317 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Sixty-four of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Seventy-six crashes involved a motorcycle and 39 victims were not wearing helmets. Fourteen crashes involved an ATV and 12 victims were not wearing helmets. Fifty-three crashes involved pedestrians and 7 involved a bicycle. One crash involved a scooter. A total of 139 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.
More information about Kentucky crashes can be found on the KSP website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/tip.htm.
*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).