10:53am

Tue May 24, 2011
The Commonwealth

Eight Die on Kentucky Highways

Eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, May 16, through Sunday, May 22. Five of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bell, Carlisle, Daviess, Washington, and Wolfe counties. Alcohol was a factor in the Daviess County crashes.

Two motorcycle involved fatal crashes occurred in Bath and Clay counties and neither victim was wearing a helmet.

A bicycle involved fatal crash occurred in Woodford County and the victim was not wearing a helmet.

Through May 22, statistics indicate that 228 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. This is 16 fewer fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2010. There have been 186 motor vehicle fatalities and 111 of those victims were not wearing seat belts.

Eighteen of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Eleven crashes involved a motorcycle and eight victims were not wearing helmets. Four crashes involved an ATV and three of the victims were not wearing a helmet. Twenty-four crashes involved pedestrians and two involved a bicycle. One crash involved a scooter. A total of 33 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.