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 Deaths on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (08/17 - 08/23)
Date of News Release: 08/24/09
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that eleven people died in ten separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, August 17 through Sunday, August 23, 2009.
Eight of the crashes involved motor vehicles and 3 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Carter, Jefferson, Mason, Pike, Spencer and Wolfe counties. The crash in Jefferson county resulted from the suspected use of alcohol.
One motorcycle fatality occurred in Warren county and the victim was wearing a helmet. The suspected use of alcohol may be a factor in this crash.
Two pedestrian fatalities occurred last week. One occurred in Jefferson county and the other in Perry county.
Through August 23, preliminary statistics* indicate that 485 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 12 fewer fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 394 motor vehicle fatalities and 212 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-two pedestrians have been killed. Fifty-six fatalities involved a motorcycle and ten fatalities involved an ATV. A total of 105 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.