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 (Jan. 17 through Jan. 23)
Date of News Release: 01/24/11
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that eight people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Jan. 17, through Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011.
All of the crashes involved motor vehicles and four of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Hardin, Jefferson, Knott, Lewis, Union and Warren counties.
A double-fatality crash occurred in Martin County and the victims were not wearing seat belts.
Through Jan. 23, preliminary statistics* indicate that twenty-three people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. This is twenty-nine less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2010. There were twenty-two motor vehicle fatalities and fourteen of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Four of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. One crash involved a pedestrian. A total of four 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. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).