KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Eleven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (March 24 through March 30)
Date of News Release: 03/31/08
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that eleven people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, March 24 through Sunday, March 30, 2008.
Ten of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and eight of those victims were not wearing seat belts. One fatality involved a motorcycle and that victim was not wearing a helmet. One of the motor vehicle fatalities was a result of the suspected use of alcohol.
Single fatality crashes occurred in Christian, Hardin, Jefferson, Laurel, Rockcastle, Todd and Whitley counties. The Motorcycle fatality occurred in Butler county. A triple fatality collision occurred in Fayette county on Russell Cave road in Lexington.
Through March 30, preliminary statistics* indicate that 171 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. That is one less than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 144 motor vehicle fatalities, 92 victims were not wearing seat belts. There have been 12 motorcycle fatalities and 7 of those were not wearing helmets. A total of 33 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. Fifteen 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.