KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
Fifteen Die on Kentucky Roadways (Oct. 22 through Oct. 28)
Date of News Release: 10/29/12
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that 15 people died in 15 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Oct. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.
Single fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in each of the following counties: Bath, Casey, Grant Graves, Hopkins, Jefferson, Knott, Madison, Mercer, Perry, Taylor and Trimble. Eight of the victims were not wearing seat belts. One of the crashes involved the use of alcohol.
One motorcycle crash occurred in Greenup County and one in Mercer County. Neither of the victims was wearing a helmet.
One bicycle rider was killed in Fayette County. The victim was not wearing a helmet.
Through Oct. 28, preliminary statistics* indicate that 588 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 18 fewer than reported for this time period in 2011. Of the 455 motor vehicle fatalities, 260 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 70 motorcycle fatalities, 37 were not wearing a helmet. Eleven of the 13 ATV fatalities were not wearing a helmet. Forty-five pedestrians, one scooter/moped rider and five bicycle riders have been killed. A total of 103 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).