Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Seventeen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (June 4 through June 10)
Date of News Release: 06/11/2007
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 17 people died in 17 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, June 4 through Sunday, June 10, 2007.
Twelve of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and eight of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one of the victims is unknown at this time. Three victims were operating motorcycles and all three were not wearing a helmet. Two of the fatalities involved ATV's and both victims were wearing helmets. Four of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.
Fayette County reported two single-fatality crashes. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in Caldwell, Carter, Clay, Harlan, Hickman, Jackson, Jefferson Kenton, Knott, Marshall, Martin, McCreary, Pike, Taylor and Wolfe counties.
Through June 10, preliminary statistics* indicate that 358 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 15 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 297 motor vehicle fatalities, 178 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 30 motorcycle fatalities, 16 were not wearing helmets. Of the 16 ATV fatalities, 13 were not wearing helmets. Fifteen pedestrians have been killed and a total of 88 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.