Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Holiday Fatalities Significantly Down From 2004
Last week, year-to-date fatalities remain below last year
Date of Release: 09/06/05
FRANKFORT, KY - Preliminary statistics* show eight people died in seven separate traffic crashes in Kentucky during the official Labor Day holiday period. During last year's holiday period, there were 18 people killed in 13 crashes.
This year's crashes occurred between 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5. Of the seven fatal holiday crashes, preliminary data indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in two of them. Four of the eight victims were not wearing safety belts. Three of the eight people killed were riding motorcycles and of those three, one was not wearing a helmet.
Single fatality crashes occurred in Boyle, Breathitt, Clinton, Knox and Jefferson (2 separate crashes) counties. A crash in Wolfe County took the lives of two people.
"Our preliminary holiday data show fatalities were well below last year's holiday period. I believe it is because people are listening to our messages and our enforcement efforts continue to have impact," said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark L. Miller. "We've made a concerted effort through the media to strongly and repeatedly emphasize that reckless driving, especially speeding and drinking while driving, can result in devastating consequences that can be avoided."
Preliminary statistics* indicate that 22 people died in 20 separate crashes on state roadways from Monday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Sept. 4.
Of the 20 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in four of the crashes and 12 of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Three motorcycle crashes accounted for four fatalities; two were not wearing a helmet. Three of the fatalities were pedestrians.
Wolfe and Powell counties each reported one double-fatality crash. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Boyle, Bracken, Breathitt, Bullitt, Carter, Clinton, Hart, Henry, Jefferson (3), Knox, Madison, Rowan, Scott, Taylor and Woodford counties.
Through Sept. 5, a total of 619* people have lost their lives on Kentucky's highways, 28 fewer fatalities than reported for this time period in 2004. Of the 619, 360 people were not wearing safety 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 to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas.