Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, September 21 through Sunday, September 27, 2009. Six of the crashes involved motor vehicles and 5 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Daviess, Green, Kenton, Madison, Marshall and Washington counties. The crash in Daviess county involved the suspected use of alcohol.
One fatal motorcycle crash occurred in Kenton county and the victim was wearing a helmet.
Through September 27, preliminary statistics* indicate that 581 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 465 motor vehicle fatalities and 251 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-nine pedestrians have been killed. Sixty-nine fatalities involved a motorcycle and fourteen fatalities involved an ATV. Fifty-seven crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. A total of 129 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. 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.