KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Five Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (September 2 - September 7)
Date of News Release: 09/08/08
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 5 people died in four separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Tuesday, September 2 through Sunday, September 7, 2008.
Four of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and three of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Boone, Boyd (2) and Rockcastle counties. A double-fatality crash occurred in Boyd county.
The motorcycle fatality occurred in Martin county and the victim was not wearing a helmet.
Through September 7, preliminary statistics* indicate that 528 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 57 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 395 motor vehicle fatalities, 243 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 69 motorcycle fatalities, 42 were not wearing helmets. Seventeen people have been killed in ATV crashes and 16 of those were not wearing helmets. Forty-three pedestrians and four bicyclists have been killed on Kentucky roadways. Sixty-two crashes involved commercial motor vehicles (CMV). A total of 103 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.