(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Preliminary statistics* indicate that 16 people died in 15 separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.
One double-fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Floyd County. The suspected use of alcohol was involved. Two single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Pulaski County. One single-fatality crash also occurred in each of the following counties: Crittenden, Graves, Hopkins, Jefferson, Knott, Livingston, Lyon, Montgomery, Trigg and Webster. The suspected use of alcohol was involved in the crashes in Crittenden County and Lyon County. The victims in Graves, Knott, Livingston and Montgomery counties were not wearing seat belts.
One bicycle rider was killed in Hardin County. One pedestrian was killed in Jefferson County and the suspected use of alcohol was involved.
Through Dec. 2, preliminary statistics* indicate that 678 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is four fewer than reported for this time period in 2011. Of the 537 motor vehicle fatalities, 295 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 73 motorcycle fatalities, 38 were not wearing a helmet. Eleven of the 13 ATV fatalities were not wearing a helmet. Forty-seven pedestrians, one scooter/moped rider and seven bicycle riders have been killed. A total of 123 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.