Warmer weather brought a spike in the number of traffic fatalities in Kentucky last week, though the overall yearly total continues to run behind last year's pace.
Kentucky State Police say 15 people died in 14 crashes last week, with five of the victims on motorcycles and three those victims not wearing helmets. A fatal motorcycle wreck in Bourbon County involved the suspected use of alcohol.
The other fatal wrecks were in Crittenden, Calloway, Warren, Ohio, Daviess, Jefferson, Mercer, Shelby, Scott, Oldham and Pendleton counties.
Through Sunday, 151 people had died on Kentucky roads this year—39 less than the number from a year ago. KSP says 62 out of 127 victims in motor vehicles were not wearing seat belts and four of nine motorcycle wreck victims were not wearing helmets. Twenty-eight people have died in wrecks involving alcohol.