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Nineteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Oct. 9 through Oct. 15)

Date of News Release: 10/16/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 19 people died in 15 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, through Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006.

Sixteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles, two involved motorcycles and one pedestrian was killed. Preliminary data* indicates that alcohol was a factor in five of the motor vehicle crashes. Fifteen of the 16 motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts and neither of the two motorcycle victims was wearing a helmet.

A triple-fatality crash occurred in Christian County. A double-fatality crash occurred in Hardin County and another in Perry County. The remaining single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred Boyd, Calloway, Estill, Fayette, Grant, Graves, Jefferson, Pike and Todd counties. The motorcycle fatalities occurred in Cumberland and Graves counties. The pedestrian fatality occurred in Oldham County.

Through Oct. 15, 2006, a total of 699 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 70 fewer than were reported for this time period in 2005. Of the 699 fatalities, 576 were motor vehicle victims, 372 of whom were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of 37 of the victims is not known. Sixty-seven fatalities involved motorcycles, and 44 of those victims were not wearing helmets. There were eight ATV crash fatalities and none of the victims were wearing helmets. There were three bicycle victims, one of whom was not wearing a helmet, and 45 pedestrians have been killed.

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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