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Thirteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(Jan. 31 through Feb. 6)

Date of Release: 02/07/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 13 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Jan. 31 through Sunday, Feb. 6.

Of the 13 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in six of the crashes and 11 of the victims were not wearing seat belts. One of the fatalities was a pedestrian and one was a bicycle rider.

Two fatal crashes occurred in Letcher County. Single fatality crashes also occurred in Bell, Cumberland, Greenup, Kenton, Leslie, Logan, Madison, Pulaski, Shelby, Spencer, and Todd counties.

Since the beginning of the 2005, a total of 76* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is an increase of 10 over the same time period in 2004. Forty-six of these 76 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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