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Twenty-four Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (June 5 through June 11)

Date of News Release: 06/12/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 24 people died in 20 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, June 5, 2006, through Sunday, June 11, 2006.

Preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in six of the 20 crashes. Thirteen of the crashes involved motor vehicles, four involved motorcycles, one involved a bicycle and one involved an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). One victim was a pedestrian. Thirteen of the motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts. One of the motorcycle victims was not wearing a helmet and the ATV victim was not wearing a helmet. The bicycle victim was wearing a helmet.

One triple-fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Crittenden County. One double-fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Marion County and one in Allen County. Two single-fatality crashes occurred in Jefferson County. The remaining 15 single-fatality crashes occurred in Bourbon, Calloway, Clark, Daviess, Franklin, Fulton, Grant, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lee, Pendleton, Pike, Russell and Whitley counties.

The four motorcycle fatalities occurred in Calloway, Franklin, Jefferson and Pendleton counties. The bicycle fatality occurred in Bourbon County and the ATV fatality occurred in Knox County.

Through June 11, 2006, a total of 368 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 18 fewer than reported for this time period in 2005. Of those 368 fatalities, 22 were pedestrians and 30 were motorcyclists, 15 of whom were not wearing helmets. Of the 315 motor vehicle fatalities, 206 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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