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Fourteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (July 5 through July 9)

Date of News Release: 07/10/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 14 people died in 12 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Wednesday, July 5, 2006, through Sunday, July 9, 2006.

Preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in one of the 12 crashes. Four of the crashes involved motorcycles and eight involved motor vehicles. Six of the victims were not wearing seat belts, three of the victims were wearing seat belts, and the seat belt status of one of the victims is not known. Three of the four motorcycle victims were not wearing a helmet.

One double fatality crash occurred in Hardin County and one in Jefferson County. Two single-fatality crashes occurred in Rockcastle County. Single-fatality crashes were also reported in Caldwell, Floyd, Fulton, Hardin, Harlan, Pike, Whitley and Wolfe counties.

Through July 9, 2006, a total of 446 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 29 fewer than reported for this time period in 2005. Of those 446 fatalities, 25 were pedestrians and 41 were motorcyclists, 24 of whom were not wearing helmets. Two were riding ATVs and not wearing helmets. One was a bicyclist. Of the 377 motor vehicle fatalities, 239 victims were not wearing seatbelts and the seatbelt status of 29 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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