Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Eighteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(Apr. 2 through Apr. 8)
Date of News Release: 04/09/2007
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 18 people died in 16 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Apr. 2 through Sunday, Apr. 8, 2007.
Seventeen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and 10 of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Three of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. One of the fatalities was a pedestrian.
Two double-fatality crashes were reported: one in Hancock County and one in Larue County. Single- fatality crashes occurred in Barren, Clay, Estill, Hart, Henderson, Hopkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Laurel, Leslie, Letcher, Montgomery, Pulaski and Todd counties.
Through Apr. 8, preliminary statistics* indicate that 186 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is two fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 162 motor vehicle fatalities, 100 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the five motorcycle fatalities, three were not wearing helmets. Of the 12 ATV fatalities, 11 were not wearing helmets. A total of 44 fatalities resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.
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.