(FRANKFORT, KY) – Preliminary statistics* indicate that eleven people died in ten separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.
Nine of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and five of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Allen, Caldwell, Fayette, McCracken (2), Mercer, and Shelby counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Fayette County crash.
One double-fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in McCracken County.
Two motorcycle-involved fatal crashes occurred in Barren and Trimble counties and both victims were not wearing helmets. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in both of these crashes.
Through Oct. 16, 2011, preliminary statistics* indicate that 561 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. This is fifty-seven less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2010. There have been 444 motor vehicle fatalities and 232 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Forty-seven of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Fifty-four crashes involved a motorcycle and thirty victims were not wearing helmets. Twenty-one crashes involved an ATV and seventeen of the victims were not wearing a helmet. Thirty-eight crashes involved pedestrians and two involved a bicycle. One crash involved a scooter and one involved a horse-drawn vehicle. A total of ninety-two 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. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).