Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Fifteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (April 10 through April 16)
Date of News Release: 04/17/2006
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 15 people died in 15 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, April 10, 2006, through Sunday, April 16, 2006.
Preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in three of the 15 crashes. Fourteen of the crashes involved motor vehicles and one of them involved a motorcycle. One of the victims was a pedestrian. Five of the victims were not wearing seat belts and the seatbelt status of two of the victims is not known. The motorcycle victim was not wearing a helmet.
Two of the crashes occurred in Harlan County. The 13 other single fatality crashes occurred in Allen, Boone, Butler, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Hopkins, Logan, Scott, Simpson, Taylor and Warren counties.
Through April 16, 2006, a total of 196 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 50 fewer than reported for this time period in 2005. Of those 196 fatalities, 12 were pedestrians and 13 were motorcyclists, 8 of whom were not wearing helmets. Of the 171 motor vehicle fatalities, 102 victims were not wearing seatbelts and the seatbelt status of 13 of the victims is not known.
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.