Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Fifteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(Feb. 28 through Mar. 6)
Date of Release: 03/07/05
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 15 people died in 11 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, Mar. 6.
Of the 11 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in three of the crashes and four of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of five of the fatalities is unknown at the present time. One of the fatalities involved a pedestrian and one involved a bicycle.
One triple fatality crash occurred in Bath County and one triple fatality crash occurred in Hart County. Two single fatality crashes occurred in both Jefferson and Pike counties. Single fatality crashes also occurred in Boyd, Butler, Campbell, Carroll and Hickman counties.
Since the beginning of the 2005, a total of 140* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is an increase of 15 over the same time period in 2004. Eighty-four of these 140 fatalities were not wearing seat belts.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.
*These statistics are still preliminary as KSP waits for all local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas.