KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Seventeen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last (Oct. 27 through Nov. 2)
Date of News Release: 11/03/08
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that seventeen people died in seventeen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, October 27 through Sunday, November 2, 2008. Fourteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and eleven of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Bourbon, Clay, Edmonson, Fayette, Hardin, Henry, Larue, Laurel, Letcher, Lewis, McLean, Muhlenberg, Rockcastle, and Woodford counties. Five of these crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.
Two fatal motorcycle crashes occurred in Bullitt and Jefferson counties and neither victim was wearing a helmet. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Jefferson county crash.
There was one pedestrian fatality in Boone county.
Through November 2, preliminary statistics* indicate that 649 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 91 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 486 motor vehicle fatalities, 307 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 83 motorcycle fatalities, 50 were not wearing helmets. Twenty-four people have been killed in ATV crashes and 22 of those were not wearing helmets. Fifty-one pedestrians have been killed. A total of 135 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.