KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Seven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Dec. 12, through Dec. 18)
Date of News Release: 12/20/11
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Dec. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011.
All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and four of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Christian, Crittenden, Hart, Marshall, Nelson, Pike and Rockcastle counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Nelson and Rockcastle county crashes.
Through Dec. 18, 2011, preliminary statistics* indicate that 695 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. This is fifty-three less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2010. There have been 552 motor vehicle fatalities and 282 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Sixty-two of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Sixty-one crashes involved a motorcycle and thirty-four victims were not wearing helmets. Twenty-five crashes involved an ATV and twenty-one victims were not wearing helmets. Fifty-one crashes involved pedestrians and two involved a bicycle. Two crashes involved a scooter and two involved a horse-drawn vehicle. A total of one hundred sixteen 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).