Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Thirteen Die On Kentucky Roadways During Memorial Day Holiday Period
Date of News Release: 05/30/2006
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 13 people died in 11 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways during the Memorial Day holiday period from 6 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2006, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 29, 2006.
Preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in three of the 11 crashes. Nine of the crashes involved motor vehicles, one involved a motorcycle and one involved an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Six of the 11 motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts, four of the victims were wearing seat belts, and the seat belt status of one of the victims is not known. The motorcycle and ATV victims were not wearing helmets.
A double-fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Elliott County and one in Marshall County. Two single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Pendleton.County. The remaining five single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Allen, Casey, Jefferson, Johnson and Livingston counties. The motorcycle fatality occurred in Owsley County and the ATV fatality occurred in Perry County.
Preliminary statistics show that from Monday, May 22, 2006, through Sunday, May 28, 2006, 23 people died in 21 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways. Preliminary data indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in six of those crashes. Eighteen of the victims were involved in motor vehicle crashes, three of the victims were involved in motorcycle crashes and one victim was riding an ATV. One of the victims was a pedestrian.
Of the 23 victims for the week, ten of the 18 motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts, five of the victims were wearing seat belts, and the seat belt status of three of the victims is not known. Two of the three motorcycle victims and the ATV victim were not wearing helmets. The helmet status of the third motorcycle victim is not known.
Through May 29, 2006, a total of 325 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. Of the 282 motor vehicle fatalities, 182 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 22 motorcycle victims, 13 were not wearing helmets. There have been 21 pedestrian fatalities.
Through the same period in 2005, 357 people had lost their lives on Kentucky roadways.
The "Buckle-Up Kentucky -- It's the Law and It's Enforced" campaign runs through midnight on Sunday, June 4, 2006. Traffic safety checkpoints as well as saturation patrols will continue throughout this period with special emphasis on seat belt violations, speeding and impaired driving.
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.