Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police this week indicate that seven people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 through Tuesday, January 1st, 2013.
State Police say all seven fatalities occurred prior to the start of the New Year’s holiday reporting period, which started at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28th and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013.
Single fatality, motor vehicle crashes occurred in each of the following counties: Garrard, Grant, Jefferson, Jessamine, Pike and Warren Counties with the victim in Jefferson County not wearing a seat belt and alcohol was involved.
A single fatality, motorcycle crash occurred in Laurel County.
As of 8:00 a.m. today, there were no reported fatalities during the New Year’s holiday period.
In 2011, three people died in two separate crashes on Kentucky roadways during the New Year’s holiday period.
Through December 31st preliminary statistics indicate that 737 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012, which is 17 more than in 2011.
Kentucky State Police in the Post-3 District reports that December was a busy month for state police.
KSP Post-3 Commander Captain Bobby Murray reports that 1,831 citations were issued, 25 people were charged with DUI, 337 people were cited for speeding, 81 collisions were investigated and 54 criminal cases were opened.
Captain Murray was quoted as saying that although the holiday season is over, state police will still be utilizing directed patrols and traffic safety checkpoints throughout the year to ensure that the roadways in the Commonwealth are the safest in the nation.
State Police in the Post-3 District covers Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Simpson, and Warren Counties.
Trigg County officially has a new Judge-Executive after former Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander was sworn in at a ceremony this morning.
Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall conducted the ceremony in a courtroom full of Alexander’s former co-workers, friends and supporters.
Judge Alexander says he was humbled to be chosen by Governor Steve Beshear to fill out the unexpired term of Stan Humphries and says he’s excited to get going.
Economic Development and tourism are two areas Judge Alexander wants to see growth and he believes construction of the new bridges over Kentucky and Barkley Lakes are important for both.
Governor Beshear appointed Alexander to the position after former Judge Humphries was elected in November to represent Trigg County and the First District in the State Senate. Major Duncan Wiggins was chosen to replace Alexander as interim chief at the Cadiz Police Department.
Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says it will be a busy short session for the General Assembly this year, with many familiar topics on the docket.
The Prestonsburg Democrat says one item he expects action on is the so-called “Pill Mill Bill”, to make it easier for hospitals to deal with when and when not to use the KASPER prescription tracking system.
Expanded gambling in Kentucky has been widely discussed again, but Speaker Stumbo says he hasn’t seen enough support to get it passed this year.
Like most others who have commented, Speaker Stubmo says he anticipates some type of hybrid pension system for new state employees.
State lawmakers will focus on administrative duties next week for four days before coming back in February to tackle the majority of their agenda for 2013.
A local furniture store has received a national honor for its commitment to excellence.
Ashley Furniture’s Mid-South marketing team presented Herb Hays Furniture with its Eagle Award. The award is the highest honor given by the company and the local store was selected based on a set of strict criteria.
A news release says the qualifications include a commitment to the community, a positive attitude, a friendly and professional staff and a commitment to staying up to date and knowledgeable.
Peg Hays received the award on behalf of the store and thanked the staff, customers and Ashley Furniture for making the honor possible. She says they will display the plaque in the office to commemorate the 30-year relationship between Herb Hays Furniture and Ashley Furniture.