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Eighteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(Sept. 12 through Sept. 18)

Date of Release: 09/19/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 18 people died in 15 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 18.

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

Four people died in a single crash in Knott County. There were two separate fatality crashes in both Barren and Boone counties. Single fatality crashes occurred in Bath, Bullitt, Carter, Clark, Grant, Larue, Laurel, Jefferson, Rowan and Taylor counties.

Through Sept. 18, 2005, 656* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways, 32 fewer fatalities than reported for this time period in 2004. Three hundred and seventy eight of these 656 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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