Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Public Affairs Branch (502) 782-1780
Fourteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Oct. 30 through Nov. 5)
Date of News Release: 11/06/2006
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 14 people died in 11 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Oct. 30, 2006, through Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006.
All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and one pedestrian was killed. Preliminary data* indicates that alcohol was a factor in one of the crashes. Seven of the motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts and the seatbelt status of one of the victims is not known.
A quadruple-fatality crash occurred in Whitley County. Three single-fatality crashes occurred in Jefferson County. The remaining single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Boyle, Breathitt, Bullitt, Campbell, Livingston, Logan and Pike counties.
Through Nov. 5, 2006, a total of 759 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 86 fewer than were reported for this time period in 2005. Of the 759 fatalities, 634 were motor vehicle victims, 405 of whom were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of 39 of the victims is not known. Sixty-eight fatalities involved motorcycles, and 44 of those victims were not wearing helmets. There were nine ATV crash fatalities and none of the victims were wearing helmets. There were three bicycle victims, one of whom was not wearing a helmet, and 48 pedestrians have been killed.
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.