On May 11, 2015 at approximately 3:05 pm, a Muhlenberg 911 Dispatcher observed two unrestrained children in a vehicle on Copper Creek Drive. Greenville Police Department responded to the scene and located Brian D. Knight, 29, of Graham, operating a 2000 Oldsmobile passenger car with two small children unrestrained. Knight was suspected to be under the influence. Christina DeArmond, 25, of Graham, returned to the vehicle after leaving Kroger. DeArmond was in the process of being arrested for outstanding warrants when officers noticed the trunk lid moving on the car. Officers located a third child in the trunk. The child was allegedly riding in the trunk prior to the traffic stop. Social Services and Muhlenberg EMS were called to the scene. Several items were found in the vehicle that were apparently stolen from Kroger. Knight was arrested and charged with DUI 1st Offense (Aggravating Circumstances), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Resisting Arrest, Failure to Maintain Insurance, Failure to Use Child Restraint Device, Failure to Wear Seat Belt, Giving Officer False Name, License to be in Possession, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, and a Bench Warrant. DeArmond was arrested and charged with Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Shoplifting, Public Intoxication, Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, and three Bench Warrants.
Greenville PD to participate in ‘Click It or Ticket’ enforcement campaign
Motorists reminded to buckle up, enforcement heightened through Memorial Day
Greenville, Kentucky – Motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts – beware. Greenville Police Department is joining the 2015 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization on May 18 to help save lives by cracking down on those who don’t buckle up.
“As motorists take to the roads to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend, we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” Chief Darren Harvey said. “We’ll be out in force – day and night – prepared to ticket anyone not wearing a seat belt.”
There were 672 total highway fatalities in Kentucky in 2014, with 521 killed in motor vehicles. Of those 521 fatalities, 61 percent (319) were not wearing a seat belt.
“There are too many people dying on our roads,” Chief Darren Harvey said. “Many of those lives could have been saved with the simple snap of a seat belt, or by placing a child in a car seat or booster.”
Also according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, booster seats lower the risk of injury to children by 60 percent compared to the use of seat belts alone.
Kentucky’s booster seat law was enhanced in 2015 to increase the height requirement to 57 inches and the age requirement to 8 years old. Children younger than 8 but taller than 57 inches will not have to ride in a booster seat.
For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.
Greenville Police Department will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints in various locations throughout the city. Officers will be observing for impaired drivers along with other traffic violations. These traffic safety checkpoints are part of the department's traffic enforcement campaign aimed at reducing the amount of injury collisions in the city. As a reminder, citizens are encouraged to obey all traffic laws, wear seat belts, and properly restrain all children in booster seats and child restraints. These checkpoints will be conducted at one of the following pre-approved locations:
KY 189 Bypass and Crittenden Drive
KY 189 Bypass and Depot Street
KY 189 Bypass and Greene Drive
KY 189 Bypass and Spartan Drive
KY 189 Bypass and Cessna Road
KY 189 Bypass and US 62
N. Main Street and Spartan Drive
N. Main Street and Depot Street
N. Main Street and Wilson Street
East Main Cross and Pritchett Drive
Main Street and Main Cross
S. Main Street and Hopkinsville Street
S. Main Street and Pritchett Drive
East Main Cross at City Limits
East Depot Street and College Street
East Depot Street and Paradise Street
West Depot Street and Cherry Street
West Depot Street and Outer York Street
Hopkinsville Street and Sunset Drive
Hopkinsville Street and KY 171
KY 171 and Snow Hill
KY 171 and Country Lane Drive
West Main Cross and Cherry Street
West Main Cross and HC Mathis Drive
Highland Drive and Wilson Street
N. Cherry Street and Wilson Street
KY 181 and KY 601