Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Public Affairs Branch (502) 782-1780
Eighteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Dec. 11 through Dec. 17)
Date of News Release: 12/18/2006
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 18 people died in 18 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, through Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006.
All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and one pedestrian was killed. Preliminary data* indicates that alcohol was a factor in two of the crashes. Thirteen of the motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts and the seat belt status of one of the victims is not known.
Two single-fatality crashes occurred in Hart County. The remaining 15 single-fatality crashes occurred in Breathitt, Caldwell, Edmonson, Jessamine, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Marion, McCreary, Monroe, Nelson, Owen, Trigg, Warren and Washington counties. The pedestrian fatality occurred in Jefferson County.
Through Dec. 17, 2006, a total of 872 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 75 fewer than were reported for this time period in 2005. Of the 872 fatalities, 733 were motor vehicle victims, 468 of whom were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of 47 of the victims is not known. Seventy-one fatalities involved motorcycles, and 47 of those victims were not wearing helmets. There have been ten ATV crash fatalities and none of the victims were wearing helmets. There have been 5 bicycle victims and 53 pedestrians have been killed.
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.