Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Sixteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Aug. 6 through Aug. 12)
Date of News Release: 08/13/2007
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 16 people died in 14 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007.
Twelve of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and six of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one of the victims is unknown at this time. One of the fatalities was the result of a crash that involved the suspected use of alcohol. Four of the victims were operating motorcycles and three were not wearing helmets.
One double-fatality crash was reported in Hardin County and one in Henderson County. Two single- fatality crashes occurred in Oldham County and two in Russell County. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in Boone, Calloway, Hardin, Mason, Perry, Pulaski, Taylor and Wolfe counties.
Through Aug. 12, preliminary statistics* indicate that 524 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 27 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 420 motor vehicle fatalities, 239 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 65 motorcycle fatalities, 39 were not wearing helmets. Of the 19 ATV fatalities, 15 were not wearing helmets. Nineteen pedestrians and one bicyclist have been killed. A total of 121 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.