Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Thirteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (June 11 through June 17)
Date of News Release: 06/18/2007
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 13 people died in 12 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, June 11 through Sunday, June 17, 2007.
Ten of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and six of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one of the victims is unknown at this time. Three victims were operating motorcycles and two were not wearing helmets. One of the fatalities was the result of a crash that involved the suspected use of alcohol.
Floyd County reported one double-fatality crash. Jefferson County reported three single-fatality crashes. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in Carroll, Crittenden, Kenton,, Mason, Perry, Todd, Warren and Washington counties.
Through June 17, preliminary statistics* indicate that 377 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 10 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 309 motor vehicle fatalities, 185 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 35 motorcycle fatalities, 19 were not wearing helmets. Of the 18 ATV fatalities, 14 were not wearing helmets. Fifteen pedestrians have been killed and a total of 91 fatalities have 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.