KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Thirteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Feb. 11 through Feb. 17)
Date of News Release: 02/15/08
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that thirteen people died in twelve separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008.
All of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and eight of those victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one victim is not known. Two of the fatalities resulted from crashes involving alcohol.
One double-fatality crash occurred in Grayson County on the Western Kentucky Parkway. Single fatality crashes occurred in Bath, Calloway, Fayette, Hardin, Jefferson, Kenton, Lyon, Magoffin, McCracken, Perry, and Warren counties.
Through Feb. 17, preliminary statistics* indicate that 86 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is one more than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 74 motor vehicle fatalities, 52 victims were not wearing seat belts. There have been 4 motorcycle fatalities and two of those were not wearing helmets. A total of 20 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. Eight fatalities have been pedestrians.
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.