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Fourteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week

Date of Release: 01/10/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 14 people died in 14 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Jan. 3 through Sunday, Jan 9.

Of the 14 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in two of the crashes and eight of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Three of the fatalities were pedestrians.

Three of the fatal crashes occurred in Jefferson County and two in Graves County. Single fatality crashes also occurred in Bell, Breckinridge, Daviess, Fayette, Harlan, Kenton, Logan, Pike and Powell counties.

Since the beginning of the 2005, a total of 22* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is an increase of 11 over the same time period in 2004. Fourteen of these 22 fatalities were not wearing seat belts.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). 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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