Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Fourteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
May 9 through May 15
Date of Release: 05/16/05
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 14 people died in 14 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, May 9 through Sunday, May 15.
Of the 14 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in four of the crashes and 10 of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one of the fatalities is unknown at this time. One of the fatalities was riding a motorcycle.
Jefferson, Madison and Pike counties each reported two single-fatality crashes. Single fatality crashes occurred in Bell, Carter, Clay, Cumberland, Fayette, Floyd, Martin and McCracken counties.
Since the beginning of the 2005, a total of 308* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is an increase of 10 over the same time period in 2004. One hundred and eighty-two of these 308 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.