FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Preliminary statistics* indicate that five people died in five separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, July 23 through Sunday, July 29, 2012. Four of the victims were traveling in motor vehicles and none were wearing seat belts. One of the fatalities was riding a motorcycle.
Single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Gallatin, Hopkins, Jackson and Woodford counties. The motorcycle fatality occurred in Trimble County.
Through July 29, preliminary statistics* indicate that 420 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 24 more than reported for this time period in 2011. Of the 335 motor vehicle fatalities, 189 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 48 motorcycle fatalities, 26 were not wearing a helmet. Two of the three ATV fatalities were not wearing a helmet. Thirty-two pedestrians, one scooter/moped rider and one bicycle rider have been killed. A total of 69 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.