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Twenty-Two Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(Sept. 19 through Sept. 25)

Date of Release: 09/26/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 22 people died in 18 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 25.

Of the 18 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in six of the crashes and 12 of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Three of the fatalities were pedestrians, one was riding a bicycle and one was riding a motorcycle and wearing a helmet.

Laurel County reported two double fatality crashes. Fulton and Pike counties each reported one double fatality crash. Jefferson County reported three fatalities. Single fatality crashes also occurred in Boone, Breckinridge, Edmonson, Fayette, Garrard, Hopkins, Lee, Meade, Shelby, Simpson and Todd counties.

Through Sept. 25, 2005, a total of 684* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 21 less than reported for this time period in 2004. Three hundred and ninety-two of these 684 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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