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Twenty Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(June 20 through June 26)

Date of Release: 06/27/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 20 people died in 20 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, June 20 through Sunday, June 26.

Of the 20 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in six of the crashes and 14 of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one of the fatalities is unknown at this time. One of the fatalities was riding a motorcycle.

Three single fatality crashes were reported in Pike County and two single fatality crashes in Warren County. Single fatality crashes also occurred in Boone, Boyd, Carroll, Christian, Daviess, Elliott, Fleming, Grant, Hart, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall, Meade, Scott and Taylor counties.

Through June 26, 2005, a total of 417* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 12 less than reported for this time period in 2004. Two hundred and forty-two of these 417 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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