Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Twenty-one Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(July 5 through July 10)
Date of Release: 07/11/05
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 21 people died in 20 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Tuesday, July 5 through Sunday, July 10.
Of the 20 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in five of the crashes and 13 of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Two of the fatalities were riding motorcycles, one was riding a bicycle and one was riding an ATV.
One double fatality crash occurred in Graves County. Three single fatality crashes were reported in Jefferson County. Single fatality crashes also occurred in Boyle, Breathitt, Butler, Daviess, Elliott, Franklin, Floyd, Hopkins, Knox, Leslie, Marshall, Morgan, Perry, Taylor, Union and Warren counties.
Through July 10, 2005, a total of 463* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 13 less than reported for this time period in 2004. Two hundred and sixty-eight of these 463 fatalities were not wearing seat belts.
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.