Eighteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Preliminary statistics indicate that 18 people died in 18 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, May 12 through Sunday, May 18.

Thirteen of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles. Eight of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Two of the fatalities were operating motorcycles. One of them was not wearing a helmet. One of the fatalities was operating an ATV and not wearing a helmet. Two of the fatalities were pedestrians. Three of the fatalities were the result of crashes involving alcohol.

Two single-fatality crashes occurred in Perry County and two in Rockcastle County. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in Bath, Breckinridge, Caldwell, Campbell, Clinton, Hardin, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Pendleton, Pike, Pulaski and Rowan counties. The pedestrian fatalities were in Boone and Jefferson counties.

Through May 18, preliminary statistics indicate that 270 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 46 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 220 motor vehicle fatalities, 142 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 20 motorcycle fatalities, 13 were not wearing helmets. Of the four ATV fatalities, none were wearing helmets. One bicyclist and 25 pedestrians have been killed. A total of 50 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

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  • by mason Location: watts on May 20, 2008 at 06:33 AM
    Living here on route 1278 at Watts reminds me of when I lived in Texas, drive with one hand and drink beer with the other except in Texas they drove trucks and down here it's ATV's on the public road.
  • by jane Location: ky on May 20, 2008 at 06:23 AM
    The last year for which the statistics are available, 2005, 43,443 Americans died in traffic accidents, 900 in Kentucky. That same year, 800 American soldiers died in Iraq. Yet which one do we protest? We can all drive a bit more carefully.
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on May 20, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    Some people are going to get killed no matter how safe things are. When you drive and ride like a nut you will eventually get cracked.
  • by charles jones Location: lost creek on May 20, 2008 at 02:15 AM
    ATV deaths is a common thing in eastern ky.with all the laws on the books the law officals and politicans premote a different adgenda they choose to ignore the laws.there is no such thing as safety with all the under age babies operating the death machines.the politicans have brought into free for all on atv just like drugs. atv's are now out cf control no turn around in site pleasure first sorrow last.
  • by john Location: river caney on May 19, 2008 at 12:04 PM
    Imagine someone getting killed on an ATV that was operating on a public road,please come over here to River Caney thats all they ride especially the ones who have ALREADY lost their Drivers liscense.
  • by jimmy Location: watts on May 19, 2008 at 09:26 AM
    Again here is another ATV fatality on public roads, why is our law enforcement agents continue to let these death machines operate on public roads?


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