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 Die During Labor Day Holiday Period
Date of News Release: 09/07/10
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that four people died in four separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways during the official Labor Day holiday period, which began at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 6, 2010.
Three of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and two of those were not wearing seat belts. The motor vehicle crashes occurred in Jefferson, Pulaski, and Wayne counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Jefferson County crash.
One crash involved a motorcycle in Perry County and the victim was not wearing a helmet.
Through Sept. 6, 2010, preliminary statistics* indicate that 501 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 47 less than reported for the same time period in 2009. Sixty-two of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. There were 395 motor vehicle fatalities and 205 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Forty-one pedestrians have been killed. Fifty-three fatalities involved a motorcycle, one involved a scooter, two involved a bicycle, and nine involved an ATV. A total of one hundred six 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. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).