Eight die on Kentucky roadways
by Bailey Richards
Preliminary statistics* indicate that eight people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, April 16, through Sunday, April 22, 2012.
Seven of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and five victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Campbell, Jefferson, McCracken and Wayne counties. The crash in Campbell County involved the suspected use of alcohol.
One double fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Madison County.
One motorcycle involved fatal crash occurred in Fayette County.
Through April 22, 2012, preliminary statistics* indicate that 186 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 8 fatalities less than reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 156 motor vehicle fatalities and 94 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Eighteen of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Twelve crashes involved a motorcycle and eight victims were not wearing helmets. Two crashes involved an ATV and one victim was not wearing a helmet. Fifteen crashes involved a pedestrian and one involved a bicycle. Thirty deaths 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).
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