Law enforcement agencies across Kentucky have made it clear that drunk driving is against the law and will land a person behind bars.
This year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” law enforcement effort, coordinated by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety resulted in 1,636 citations for drunken driving.
The annual, federally funded campaign, supported by more than 200 state and local law enforcement agencies, took place from August 17th through September 3rd.
The main objective of the campaign was to keep impaired drivers off the road and in the process, officers at 594 traffic safety checkpoints throughout the state also made 1,485 felony arrests and 1,303 drug arrests.
Transportation Secretary, Mike Hancock states the goal of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is not to write tickets, but to save lives.
Hancock adds that state officials and officers want to educate the public on the dangers of drunken driving and reduce deaths and injuries along our roadways.
Last year, Kentucky recorded over 5,600 crashes related to drugs and alcohol, resulting in 150 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries.
The Christian County Attorney’s office now has a full-time domestic violence prosecutor after action by Fiscal Court this morning.
County government recently received a grant to hire a prosecutor whose sole job would be to prosecute cases relating to domestic violence.
Court approved hiring Catherine Garber at a salary of 35-thousand dollars a year and County Attorney Mike Foster says she will work with victims of domestic violence in a number of ways.
Foster says victims often want to drop charges because of intimidation or financial dependency on the perpetrator and Ms. Garber will be trained to prosecute without the victim’s cooperation when necessary.
In other action, Road Department Superintendent Chuck Chambers will be sent to Naomi Lane near Oak Grove along with two other county employees to look at relinquishing responsibility for a portion of the road.
The resident who owns the land around that stretch has requested the county discontinue its responsibility. A sign will be put up in the coming days and an ad will be run in the newspaper seeking anyone the closure might cause an inconvenience to.
The woman accused of leading her husband to Fidelio Road to be murdered in February had her bond reduced, though it’s still a substantial amount.
Judge Andrew Self reduced the bond for 25-year old Jessie Goslyn of Fort Campbell from one million to 100-thousand dollars cash. Judge Self said she would have to have another hearing if she somehow came up with the money.
Ms. Goslyn’s mother testified on her behalf at this mornings hearing.
Her co-suspect, 24-year old Jarred Long, is also in jail on murder charges on 100-thousand dollars bond. The pair is accused of luring 28-year old Vincent Goslyn, Jr. to Fidelio Road, where he would be shot to death.
Both suspects have a jury trial scheduled for April 15th.
A wreck on Cox Mill Road last night injured one person.
The incident happened around 8pm when 43-year old Yvette Woodfolk of Oak Grove was attempting to back out of a drive way and drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle operated by 63-year old Ramesh Gupta of Hopkinsville.
Ms. Woodfolk said she never saw Gupta coming and Gupta said he didn’t see Woodfolk in time to avoid a collision because she didn’t have her lights on.
Ms. Woodfolk was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The Cadiz Police Department has been awarded a grant from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.
A news release says the department received 18-thousand dollars to allow the department to equip each cruiser with a mobile data computer. Chief Hollis Alexander says almost all paperwork that is required to be completed by officers is done on a computer and that the mobile data terminals will allow the officer to take them wherever they go and complete their paperwork in a more timely manner.
The device will allow an officer to obtain vehicle and driver information in the field, to include stolen vehicles, wanted individuals or drivers who have no license or a suspended license.
Eight of the units will be purchased in the coming weeks and assigned to officers.