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Nine Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (July 10 through July 16)

Date of News Release: 07/17/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, July 10, 2006, through Sunday, July 16, 2006.

Preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in three of the nine crashes. Two of the crashes involved motorcycles and seven involved motor vehicles. One of the victims was a pedestrian. Five of the motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts, and one of the motorcycle victims was not wearing a helmet.

The single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Breathitt, Butler, Christian, Jefferson, Laurel, Lincoln and Pendleton counties. The motorcycle fatalities occurred in LaRue and Laurel counties. The pedestrian fatality occurred in Jefferson County.

Through July 16, 2006, a total of 461 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 38 fewer than reported for this time period in 2005. Of those 461 fatalities, 65 were pedestrians and 46 were motorcyclists, 27 of whom were not wearing helmets. Three were riding ATVs and not wearing helmets. One was a bicyclist. Of the 385 motor vehicle fatalities, 246 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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