(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that six people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways during the Christmas holiday period from 6:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 25, 2006.
Preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in two of the six crashes. Five of the crashes involved motor vehicles and one involved a motorcycle. All five of the motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts. The motorcycle victim was not wearing a helmet.
The motor vehicle crashes occurred in Gallatin, Johnson, Kenton, Pike and Shelby counties. The motorcycle fatality occurred in Lyon County.
Through Dec. 26, 2006, a total of 898 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. Of the 757 motor vehicle fatalities, 488 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 73 motorcycle victims, 48 were not wearing helmets. Of the 10 ATV victims, none were wearing helmets. There have been 53 pedestrian fatalities and five bicycle fatalities.
Through the same period in 2005, 977 people had lost their lives on Kentucky roadways.
The Kentucky State Police and their partners in local police and sheriff’s departments will continue their increased vigilance on roadways throughout the state during the New Year’s holiday period, which begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, 2006 and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Traffic safety checkpoints as well as saturation patrols will continue throughout this period with special emphasis on seat belt violations, speeding and impaired driving.
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.