KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Seventeen Highway Deaths on Kentucky Roads Last Week (March 30 - April 5)
Date of News Release: 04/06/09
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that seventeen people died in sixteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, March 30 through Sunday, April 5, 2009.
Sixteen of the crashes involved motor vehicles and eight of those victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of three victims has yet to be determined. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Allen, Breathitt, Calloway, Fayette, Harlan (2), Jessamine, Laurel, Lincoln, Meade, Nelson, Rockcastle and Todd counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in three of the crashes. One double fatality crash occurred in Logan county.
Two separate motorcycle crashes occurred in Fayette and Pendleton counties. One of the victims was wearing a helmet.
Through April 5, preliminary statistics* indicate that 172 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is fifteen fewer than reported for the same time period in 2008. Of the 149 motor vehicle fatalities, 85 victims were not wearing seat belts. Ten pedestrians have been killed. Eleven fatalities involved a motorcycle and two fatalities involved an ATV. A total of forty-one 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.