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Fourteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (May 30 through June 4)

Date of News Release: 06/05/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 14 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Tuesday, May 30, 2006, through Sunday, June 4, 2006.

Preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in four of the 13 crashes. One crash involved motorcycles and the remaining 12 involved motor vehicles. Six of the motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts and the seatbelt status of two of the victims is not known. Both motorcycle victims were wearing helmets.

The double-fatality motorcycle crash occurred in Logan County. There were two single-fatality crashes in Jefferson County. The remaining single-fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Fayette, Gallatin, Grant, Hardin, Hopkins, McCracketn, Monroe, Pulaski and Russell counties.

Through June 4, 2006, a total of 342 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 30 fewer than reported for this time period in 2005. Of those 342 fatalities, 21 were pedestrians and 24 were motorcyclists, 13 of whom were not wearing helmets. Of the 297 motor vehicle fatalities, 191 victims were not wearing seatbelts and the seatbelt status of 23 of the victims is not known.

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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