State Police reports no July 4 fatalities in Post 12

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By Lisa King

Statistics just released from the Kentucky State Police on Monday reveal no traffic fatalities over the July 4 holiday weekend in the Post 12 area.

KSP Trooper Ron Turley said that compared to this same time in 2008, fatal collisions in the Post 12 counties are down by 26 percent and fatalities are down by 32 percent.

Post 12 encompasses Anderson, Fayette, Franklin, Scott, Shelby, Spencer and Woodford counties.

Statewide statistics statewide indicate that eight people died as a result of eight separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways during the 2009 July 4th holiday period.

Turley said he attributes the significant drop in highway fatalities to two factors.

“One thing is the seat-belt law, that has really helped,” he said. ‘But the main thing is that we have been targeting high crash locations with high visibility measures such as extra patrols.”

Troopers working counties in the Post 12 area issued the following citations and conducted 4 traffic safety check points:

• Speeding citations: 70

• Seat belt citations: 21

• Child restraint citations: 3

• DUI arrests: 9

• Other citations: 160

• Total citations: 263

The Kentucky State Police encourage the public to report impaired drivers by calling 1-502-227-2221 or 1-800-222-5555.