KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Ten Highway Deaths Over Christmas Holiday Period (Dec 22 - Dec 28)
Date of News Release: 12/29/08
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) -Preliminary statistics* indicate that ten people died in ten separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways during the Christmas holiday period from 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 24th through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 28, 2008.
Nine of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and none of those victims were wearing seat belts. Single vehicle crashes occurred in Bourbon, Breathitt, Campbell, Fayette, Floyd, Madison, Pulaski, Rowan and Wayne counties. One fatality involved a pedestrian in Jefferson county.
Through December 28, 2008 preliminary statistics* indicate that 811 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 50 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 628 motor vehicle fatalities, 391 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 89 motorcycle fatalities, 53 were not wearing helmets. Twenty-three people have been killed in ATV crashes and 21 of those were not wearing helmets. Sixty-five pedestrians have been killed. A total of 174 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.