December 10th, 2013
Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
One double fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Barren County. One of the victims was not wearing a seat belt.
Two single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Jefferson County.
One single fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Estill, Marion and Russell. The victims in all three crashes were not wearing seat belts.
Through Dec. 8, preliminary statistics* indicate that 598 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 107 fewer than reported for this time period in 2012. Of the 463 motor vehicle fatalities, 232 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 72 motorcycle fatalities, 44 were not wearing a helmet. Ten of the 10 ATV fatalities were not wearing a helmet. Forty-nine pedestrians and three bicycle riders have been killed. One fatality involving an animal drawn vehicle has been reported. A total of 133 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. As of Dec. 8, Kentucky has had 74 days with zero highway fatalities reported during 2013.
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.
The Kentucky State Police has kicked off its fourth annual ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive. Food collection sites have been established at all 16 posts throughout the state and at the agency’s headquarters location in Frankfort. The campaign extends through Dec. 13, 2013 and is designed to collect non-perishable food items for needy families. KSP spokesman Tpr. Paul Blanton says the food will be distributed at post level to local shelters, churches or other organizations serving those in need. Suggested donations include canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned soups, chili or spaghetti sauce, brownie and cake mixes, coffee, water, powdered milk and juices.
The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is launching a nighttime holiday enforcement campaign designed to reduce traffic fatalities on Kentucky roadways. ‘Operation Holiday Lights: All Night. Every Night.’ begins today at 6 p.m. and extends through January 1, 2014 at midnight. KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb says the statewide enforcement effort will utilize collision analysis data to determine which counties have the highest instance of injury and fatal crashes. “Each post has been asked to identify the counties in their patrol area where crashes are prevalent,” says Webb. “Specifically, they are looking at the time and exact location of those crashes and scheduling heavier patrols for those areas.” Webb says crash data indicates that a majority of the fatal crashes involve unrestrained drivers. “Last year, nearly 53 percent of drivers who were killed in traffic crashes on Kentucky roadways were not wearing seat belts. We can’t stress enough, the importance of wearing a seat belt. Our goal is to make sure everyone arrives home safely for the holidays.” All KSP posts and commercial vehicle regions will utilize traffic safety check points, covert details in high traffic areas and night vision equipment to assist in the campaign. “Our focus during these safety check points will be seat belt usage with an added emphasis on the use of proper child seat restraints. Often times, we find other unsafe driving behavior during these details, such as impaired driving and distracted driving.” As of today, Kentucky has 95 fewer highway fatalities compared to the same reporting period in 2012. “It is a credit to motorists who have made wise choices when driving by wearing seat belts, slowing down and refraining from distractions when behind the wheel,” says Webb. “Ideally we would like to report ‘zero deaths’ on Kentucky roadways.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that nighttime drivers are less likely to buckle up than daytime drivers.
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