We will continue to conduct traffic safety checkpoints through March and the rest of 2013 looking for impaired drivers, unrestrained motorists, and other traffic violations at various locations throughout our post area.
For the month of February 2013, Post 04 Troopers and Detectives wrote a total of 1,489 citations. We removed 54 drunk drivers from Kentucky roadways and cited 372 speeders. 107 violators were charged for failure to wear a seatbelt and 6 citations were for failure to use a child restraint. We investigated 64 crashes and conducted 1,745 vehicle inspections. 840 motorists were given a courtesy notice in lieu of a traffic citation for minor traffic offenses. We assisted 148 motorists stranded on Kentucky roadways and answered over 1,052 citizen’s complaints. We were involved in 574 special details and conducted over 15 community programs which reached over 1,500 citizens of the Commonwealth. Our Detectives and Troopers opened over 57 criminal cases, made 239 criminal arrests, and served over 108 criminal court documents. In addition, we contacted over 434 victims of crimes on cases that we investigated. Additionally, we conducted over 410 school and business security checks throughout the entire Post 4 area. In total, Post 04 Troopers, Detectives, and Command Staff logged over 8,992 hours of service for the Kentucky citizens we served.
In addition to the Trooper and Detective monthly activity, Post 4 dispatchers logged over 2,236 data entries while still answering thousands of calls from citizens in our area.
Preliminary statistics* indicate that 14 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Feb. 18 through Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
One double-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in Owen County.
One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Carter, Casey, Daviess, Garrard, Hopkins, Jessamine, Livingston, Magoffin, Oldham, Pike and Rockcastle. The victims in Casey, Garrard, Magoffin, Pike and Rockcastle counties were not wearing seat belts. The crashes in Casey, Jessamine, Livingston, Oldham and Rockcastle counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.
One pedestrian was killed in Jefferson County.
Through Feb. 24, preliminary statistics* indicate that 73 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 26 less than reported for this time period in 2012. Of the 63 motor vehicle fatalities, 34 victims were not wearing seat belts. One of the two motorcycle fatalities was not wearing a helmet. Seven pedestrians have been killed. One fatality involving an animal drawn vehicle has been reported. A total of 17 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.
As of Feb. 24, Kentucky has had 16 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.