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KSP Troopers Increasing Patrols in Post 1 Area

Date of News Release: 11/10/2014

(Hickory, KY.) -- As we near the end of 2014 our current motor vehicle fatality count stands at 548 statewide compared to 561 at this same time last year. Kentucky State Police Troopers are stepping up patrols and focusing on enforcement efforts in high fatality crash areas throughout the end of the year. Kentucky has a very high probability to finish this year under 600 deaths from motor vehicle crashes. This would be the lowest number reported since 1948.

Throughout the rest of the year, Troopers from the Mayfield, Kentucky State Police Post will conduct traffic safety checkpoints in the Post 1 District. KSP utilizes traffic safety checkpoints to promote safety for motorists and to provide a deterrent for those who violate laws contained in the Kentucky Revised Statutes.

The intent of a traffic safety checkpoint is to provide a highly visible, public safety service focusing on vehicular equipment deficiencies, confirming appropriate registration and insurance of vehicles, and the valid licensing of drivers. Violations of law or other public safety issues that arise shall be addressed.

For traffic safety checkpoint locations in your area, you may refer to the web site: www.kentuckystatepolice.org/posts/press/post1_checkpoints.html

Through November 10, 2014, there have been thirty-eight people killed in the Post 1 District: seventeen victims were not wearing seatbelts. Ten fatalities involved the suspected use of alcohol or drugs. There have been eight motorcycle fatalities, four of which were not wearing helmets.

Kentucky State Police, Post 1, covers the 11 counties of Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, and Trigg. Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police, toll-free, at 1-800-222-5555. Callers may remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel, and license number if possible.