KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Eight Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Apr. 21 through Apr. 27)
Date of News Release: 04/28/08
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Apr. 21 through Sunday, Apr. 27, 2008.
Five of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and four of those victims were not wearing seat belts.
There were two motorcycle fatalities and one of those victims was not wearing a helmet. The fatalities occurred in Bullitt and Scott counties. One pedestrian fatality occurred in Hancock county.
Single-fatality crashes occurred in Clay, Fayette, Hopkins, and Pike (2) counties and two of those resulted from the suspected use of alcohol.
Through April 26, preliminary statistics* indicate that 221 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 31 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 183 motor vehicle fatalities, 121 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 16 motorcycle fatalities, ten were not wearing helmets. Twenty-one pedestrians have been killed. A total of 45 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.