FRANKFORT – Preliminary statistics indicate that seven people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Tuesday, Jan. 1.
All seven fatalities occurred prior to the start of the New Year’s holiday reporting period, which started at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1.
One single-fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in each of Garrard, Grant, Jefferson, Jessamine, Pike and Warren counties. The victim in Jefferson County was not wearing a seat belt and alcohol was involved.
One single-fatality motorcycle crash occurred in Laurel County.
As of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, there have been no reported fatalities during the New Year’s holiday period.
In 2011, three people died in two separate crashes on Kentucky roadways during the New Year’s holiday period.
Through Dec. 31, preliminary statistics indicate that 737 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 17 more than in 2011.
Of the 586 motor vehicle fatalities, 321 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 77 motorcycle fatalities, 39 were not wearing a helmet. Twelve of the 14 ATV fatalities were not wearing a helmet. Fifty-two pedestrians, one scooter/moped rider and seven bicycle riders have been killed. A total of 140 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.