KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Four Deaths On Kentucky Roadways During Thanksgiving Holiday
Date of News Release: 11/30/09
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that four people died in four separate crashes on Kentucky roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period (Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29, 2009). Last year there were fourteen highway fatalities during the same time period.
All of the crashes involved motor vehicles and two victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Carter, Perry, Warren and Webster counties. The crash in Webster county involved the suspected use of alcohol.
Through November 29, preliminary statistics* indicate that 702 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 40 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 568 motor vehicle fatalities and 314 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirty-five pedestrians and 5 bicyclists have been killed. Seventy-eight fatalities involved a motorcycle and fifteen fatalities involved an ATV. Seventy-one crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. A total of 149 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.