KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Four ATV Deaths on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (9/8 - 9/13)
Date of News Release: 09/15/09
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that fifteen people died in fourteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Tuesday, September 8 through Sunday, September 13, 2009.
Eight of the crashes involved motor vehicles and 2 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Adair, Knox, Letcher, Muhlenberg, Owen and Pendleton counties. The crash in Knox county involved the suspected use of alcohol.
A double-fatality crash occurred in Bullitt county and both victims were wearing seat belts.
There were 4 all-terrain vehicle (ATV) fatal crashes and they occurred in Calloway, Floyd, Muhlenberg and Pike counties. None of the victims were wearing helmets. The crash in Pike county involved the suspected use of alcohol.
One motorcycle fatality occurred in Logan county and the victim was wearing a helmet.
Pedestrian fatal crashes occurred in Jefferson and Todd counties. The crash in Jefferson county involved the suspected use of alcohol.
Through September 13, preliminary statistics* indicate that 549 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 4 more fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 440 motor vehicle fatalities and 236 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-seven pedestrians have been killed. Sixty-five fatalities involved a motorcycle and fourteen fatalities involved an ATV. Fifty-seven crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. A total of 123 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.