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Seventeen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(April 18 through April 24)

Date of Release: 04/25/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 17 people died in 15 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, April 18 through Sunday, April 24.

Of the 15 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in one of the crashes and seven of the victims were not wearing seat belts. One of the fatalities was a pedestrian. The seat belt status of two of the fatalities is unknown at this time.

One triple fatality crash occurred in Madison County. Two single fatality crashes occurred in Perry County. Single fatality crashes also occurred in Bath, Boone, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Henderson, Kenton, Knox, Lincoln, McCracken, Morgan and Owen counties.

Since the beginning of the 2005, a total of 252* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is an increase of eight over the same time period in 2004. One hundred and forty nine of these 252 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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