Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Thirteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Jan. 2 through Jan. 8)
Date of News Release: 01/09/2006
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 13 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Jan. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 8.
Of the 13 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in five of the crashes and seven of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Two of the victims were riding motorcycles and not wearing helmets. One was a pedestrian.
Single fatality crashes occurred in Clinton, Daviess, Franklin, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Jefferson, Knott, Leslie, Montgomery, Whitley, Wolfe and Woodford counties.
Through Jan. 8, 2006, a total of 14* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 11 fewer than reported for this time period in 2005. Seven of these 14 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.