Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Sixteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(Apr. 16 through Apr. 22)
Date of News Release: 04/23/2007
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 16 people died in 16 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Apr. 16 through Sunday, Apr. 22, 2007.
Fourteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and nine of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Six of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. Two of the fatalities were operating motorcycles and not wearing helmets.
Two single-fatality crashes were reported in Adair County. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in Ballard, Butler, Carroll, Christian, Fayette, Harlan, Johnson, Lincoln, Marshall, Metcalfe, Nelson, Perry, Scott and Shelby counties.
Through Apr. 22, preliminary statistics* indicate that 226 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is two fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 196 motor vehicle fatalities, 120 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the nine motorcycle fatalities, five were not wearing helmets. Of the 12 ATV fatalities, 11 were not wearing helmets. Nine pedestrians have been killed and a total of 56 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.
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.