KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Eleven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (September 29 - October 5)
Date of News Release: 10/06/08
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that eleven people died in eleven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, September 29 through Sunday, October 5, 2008. Six of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and three of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Fayette, Floyd, Garrard, Jefferson and Woodford counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in three of these crashes.
Two motorcycle fatalities occurred in Greenup and Woodford counties. One of the victims was not wearing a helmet. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in one of these crashes.
One ATV fatality occurred in Carter county and the victim was not wearing a helmet. One pedestrian fatality occurred in Nelson county and a bicycle fatality occurred in Jefferson county.
Through October 5, preliminary statistics* indicate that 584 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 87 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 438 motor vehicle fatalities, 272 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 75 motorcycle fatalities, 45 were not wearing helmets. Twenty-one people have been killed in ATV crashes and 20 of those were not wearing helmets. Forty-five pedestrians have been killed. A total of one-hundred and twenty 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.