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Nine Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Feb. 20 through Feb. 26)

Date of News Release: 02/27/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, through Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006.

Preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in three of the nine crashes. Seven of the victims were not wearing seat belts.

Two of the crashes occurred in Pike County. The remaining seven crashes occurred in Bullitt, Floyd, Grayson, Jefferson, Kenton, Lewis and Scott counties.

Through Feb. 26, 2006, a total of 100 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 32 fewer than reported for this time period in 2005. Forty-nine of these 100 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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