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Seventeen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (August 21 through August 27)

Date of News Release: 08/28/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 17 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, through Sunday, August 27, 2006.

Preliminary data indicates that alcohol was a factor in eight of the motor vehicle fatalities and one of the motorcycle fatalities. Fourteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and three of the fatalities involved motorcycles. Twelve of the 14 motor vehicle victims were not wearing seatbelts and the seatbelt status of two of the victims is not known. Two of the three motorcycle victims were not wearing helmets.

A triple fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Jessamine County. A double fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Cumberland County and another in Muhlenberg County. The remaining seven single fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Barren, Carter, Fayette, Jefferson, Metcalfe, Rowan and Simpson counties. The motorcycle crashes occurred in Calloway, Clark and Pike counties.

Through August 27, 2006, a total of 575 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 31 fewer than were reported for this time period in 2005. Of the 575 fatalities, 33 were pedestrians and 59 were motorcyclists. Thirty-six of the motorcyclists were not wearing helmets. There were six ATV crash fatalities and none of the victims were wearing helmets. There was one bicycle victim. Of the 476 motor vehicle fatalities, 309 victims were not wearing seatbelts and the seatbelt status of 34 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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