Post 4 logs nearly 10,000 hours in September

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KSP monthly report indicates 88 wrecks

By Sarah Bennett

Kentucky State Police Post 4 issued more than 2,000 citations in September and opened more than 60 criminal cases.

According to a news release, the Post 4 staff logged more than 9,972 hours and issued a total of 2,191 citations during September.

Those included citing 980 drivers for speeding, 191 for failing to wear a seatbelt and five for failing to use a child restraint, according to the post.

Troopers removed 66 impaired drivers from the roadways and investigated 88 wrecks, police said.

Warnings were issued to 1,137 motorists in lieu of citations, and a total of 3,209 vehicles were inspected, according to the post.

Troopers will continue conducting traffic safety checkpoints in search of impaired drivers and restraint violations through the rest of the year in various locations throughout the post area, police said.

Post 4 covers eight counties: Hardin, LaRue, Meade, Grayson, Nelson, Breckinridge, Bullitt and Jefferson.

Troopers assisted 204 stranded motorists in September and responded to more than 1,200 citizen complaints, according to the release.

Police said 67 criminal cases were opened, more than 80 court documents served and 195 criminal arrests made.

Troopers made contact with 641 victims in cases they investigated, according to the release.

Between Sept. 17 and Sept. 23, nine motorists died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky roadways, police said.

Of those fatalities, five were in vehicles and three were not wearing seatbelts, according to the release. Two involved ATV crashes and one was a bicyclist.

Vehicle wrecks occurred in Meade, Grayson, Jefferson, Grant and McCreary counties, police said. A wreck in Jefferson County involved alcohol use, according to the release.

Through Sept. 26, a total of 527 motorists have died on Kentucky roadways, according to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.

This is the same number of fatalities to have occurred during the same time period in 2011, according to KOHS data.

Of those fatalities in 2012, more than 56 percent were not wearing seatbelts and more than 17 percent involve alcohol use, according to KOHS.

Fatalities by Kentucky State Police post areas

As of Sept. 26, 2012, 527 have died in wrecks.

Post 1, Mayfield – 38

Post 2, Madisonville – 19

Post 3, Bowling Green – 40

Post 4, Elizabethtown – 95

Post 5, Campbellsburg – 15

Post 6, Dry Ridge – 45

Post 7, Richmond – 24

Post 8, Morehead – 23

Post 9, Pikeville – 32

Post 10, Harlan – 14

Post 11, London – 51

Post 12, Frankfort – 38

Post 13, Hazard – 21

Post 14, Ashland – 20

Post 15, Columbia – 33

Post 16, Henderson - 19

Source: Kentucky Office of Highway Safety


Sarah Bennettcan be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.