Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, April 23, through Sunday, April 29, 2012.
All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and four victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bullitt, Hardin, Jefferson, Jessamine and Marion counties. The crash in Jefferson County involved the suspected use of alcohol.
One double fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Knott County.
Through April 29, 2012, preliminary statistics* indicate that 197 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 7 fatalities less than reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 166 motor vehicle fatalities and 99 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-one 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. Sixteen crashes involved a pedestrian and one involved a bicycle. Thirty-one 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).