Eleven of the victims were traveling in motor vehicles. Nine were not wearing seat belts. One of the fatalities was the result of a crash involving alcohol. Two of the fatalities were pedestrians.
Two three-fatality crashes occurred: one in Hickman County and one in Wayne County. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bourbon, Fayette, Floyd, Jefferson, Madison, Oldham and Pike counties.
Through May 8, preliminary statistics* indicate that 212 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. This is 18 fewer than reported for this time period in 2010. Of the 175 motor vehicle fatalities, 102 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the eight motorcycle fatalities, six were not wearing helmets. Three of the four ATV fatalities were not wearing helmets. Twenty-four pedestrians have been killed. A total of 30 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.