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Seven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Jan. 16 through Jan. 22)

Date of News Release: 01/23/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in five separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Jan. 16, 2006 through Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006.

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

A triple fatality crash occurred in Pulaski County. Two single fatality crashes occurred in Harlan County. Laurel and Trigg counties each reported one single fatality crash.

Through Jan. 22, 2006, a total of 30* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 23 fewer than reported for this time period in 2005. Twelve of these 30 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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