Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Nineteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Oct. 17 through Oct. 23)
Date of Release: 10/24/05
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 19 people died in 15 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 23.
Of the 15 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.
Letcher County reported one triple fatality crash. Knott and Todd counties each reported one double fatality crash. Warren County reported two single fatality crashes. Single fatality crashes also occurred in Boone, Christian, Cumberland, Garrard, Grant, Harrison, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and Pike counties.
Through Oct. 23, 2005, a total of 779* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is three more than reported for this time period in 2004. Four hundred and forty-five of these 779 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.