Three fatal motorcycle crashes top death toll

This week’s accident report as reported by state police:

Release on:  Monday, August 11, 2008

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Preliminary statistics* indicate that 12 people died in eleven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, August 4 through Sunday, August 10, 2008.   Seven of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and six of those victims were not wearing seat belts.  Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Carlisle, Hardin, Harlan, Jefferson, Ohio and Pulaski (2) counties. The crash in Pulaski county was a double-fatality and involved the suspected use of alcohol.

There was an ATV fatality in Clay county and the victim was not wearing a helmet. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in this crash.

There were three motorcycle fatalities and two of the victims were not wearing helmets. These crashes occurred in Graves, Harlan and McCracken counties and two of the victims were not wearing helmets. There was one pedestrian fatality in Warren county.

Through August 10, preliminary statistics* indicate that 461 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 68 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007.   Of the 354 motor vehicle fatalities, 218 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 54 motorcycle fatalities, 33 were not wearing helmets.  Fourteen people have been killed in ATV crashes and 13 of those were not wearing helmets. Thirty-seven pedestrians have been killed. A total of 89 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.

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