(ELIZABETHTOWN, KY)- The Kentucky State Police Post 04 in Elizabethtown covers 8 counties. They include: Grayson, Hardin, Jefferson, Bullitt, Nelson, Meade, Breckinridge, and Larue. The West Region covers 8 post areas. They are: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, Post 4, Post 5, Post 12, Post 15, and Post 16.
We will continue to conduct traffic safety checkpoints through February 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 January 2013, Post 04 Troopers wrote a total of 1,658 citations. We removed 47 drunk drivers from Kentucky roadways and cited 351 speeders. 140 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 2,059 vehicle inspections. 936 motorists were given a courtesy notice in lieu of a traffic citation for minor traffic offenses. We assisted 209 motorists stranded on Kentucky roadways and answered over 1,281 citizen’s complaints. We were involved in 673 special details and conducted over 20 community programs which reached over 1,500 citizens of the Commonwealth. Our Detectives and Troopers opened over 64 criminal cases, made 216 criminal arrests, and served over 106 criminal court documents. In addition, we contacted over 597 victims of crimes on cases that we investigated. In total, Post 04 Troopers, Detectives, and Command Staff logged over 10,096 hours of service for the Kentucky citizens we served.
Preliminary statistics* indicate that six people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.
One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Clark, Floyd, Madison, Pike and Rockcastle. The victims in Floyd, Madison and Rockcastle counties were not wearing seat belts. The crash in Floyd County involved the suspected use of alcohol.
One pedestrian was killed in Carroll County.
Through Feb. 10, preliminary statistics* indicate that 52 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 23 less than reported for this time period in 2012. Of the 43 motor vehicle fatalities, 24 victims were not wearing seat belts. One of the two motorcycle fatalities was not wearing a helmet. Six pedestrians have been killed. One fatality involving an animal drawn vehicle has been reported. A total of 11 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.
As of Feb. 10, Kentucky has had 13 days with zero highway fatalities reported during 2013.
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.