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Sixteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Nov. 6 through Nov. 12)

Date of News Release: 11/13/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 16 people died in 15 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, through Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006.

Fourteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles, one involved a motorcycle and one bicyclist was killed. Preliminary data* indicates that alcohol was a factor in one of the motor vehicle crashes and the motorcycle crash. Six of the motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts and the seatbelt status of three of the victims is not known. The motorcycle victim was not wearing a helmet and the bicycle victim was wearing a helmet.

A double-fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Jefferson County. Two single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Laurel County. The remaining ten single-fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Carter, Clay, Cumberland, Floyd, Jessamine, Kenton, Pike, Powell and Scott counties.

Through Nov. 12, 2006, a total of 780 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 80 fewer than were reported for this time period in 2005. Of the 780 fatalities, 648 were motor vehicle victims, 414 of whom were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of 42 of the victims is not known. Sixty-nine fatalities involved motorcycles, and 45 of those victims were not wearing helmets. There were ten ATV crash fatalities and none of the victims were wearing helmets. There were four bicycle victims, one of whom was not wearing a helmet, and 48 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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