KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Three Deaths on Kentucky Roadways During New Year's Holiday
Date of News Release: 01/03/11
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that three people died in two separate crashes on Kentucky roadways during the New Year's Eve holiday enforcement period (Thursday, December 30, 2010 through Sunday, January 2, 2011). Last year there were five highway fatalities during the same enforcement period.
One crash occurred in Logan County, involving a motor vehicle and the victim was not wearing a seat belt.
The other fatal crash was a double-fatality that occurred in Henderson County. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in this crash and neither victim was wearing a seat belt.
Through December 31, preliminary statistics* indicate that 747 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 44 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 585 motor vehicle fatalities and 311 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Eighty-one of these crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Fifty-nine pedestrians and six bicyclists have been killed. Seventy-nine fatalities involved a motorcycle, sixteen fatalities involved an ATV and two involved a scooter. A total of one hundred fifty-one 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).