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Nine Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(Feb. 21 through Feb. 27)

Date of Release: 02/28/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 27.

Of the six fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in two of the crashes and all nine of the victims were not wearing seat belts.

One triple fatality crash occurred in Pike County and one double fatality crash occurred in Taylor County. Single fatality crashes also occurred in Bullitt, Knox, Nelson and Pulaski counties.

Since the beginning of the 2005, a total of 121* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is an increase of 16 over the same time period in 2004. Seventy-eight of these 121 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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