KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Deadly Week On Kentucky Roadways (September 22 - September 28)
Date of News Release: 09/29/08
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that sixteen people died in fourteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, September 22 through Sunday, September 28, 2008. Fourteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and thirteen of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Boyle, Floyd, Hardin, Larue, Leslie, Madison, Marion, Taylor and Warren (2) counties. Two double fatality crashes occurred in Pike and Trigg counties. Alcohol was suspected as a contributing factor in five of the crashes.
Two motorcycle fatalities occurred in Carlisle and Madison counties. Both victims were wearing helmets.
Through September 28, preliminary statistics* indicate that 567 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 79 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 426 motor vehicle fatalities, 267 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 74 motorcycle fatalities, 44 were not wearing helmets. Nineteen people have been killed in ATV crashes and 18 of those were not wearing helmets. Forty-four pedestrians have been killed. A total of one-hundred and fifteen 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.