KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Seven Die During Memorial Day Holiday Period
Date of News Release: 05/26/09
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways during the Memorial Day holiday period, which began at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 25. Last year, there were nine fatalities during the Memorial Day holiday period.
Six of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and five of those were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one victim has yet to be determined. The motor vehicle crashes occurred in Clay, Gallatin (2), Hardin, Jefferson, and Marshall counties. One crash involved a motorcycle in Grayson county and the victim was not wearing a helmet.
Through May 25, preliminary statistics* indicate that 301 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 8 more than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 255 motor vehicle fatalities and 141 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Sixteen pedestrians have been killed. Twenty-five fatalities involved a motorcycle and five fatalities involved an ATV. A total of sixty-nine 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.