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Twenty-One Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(Mar. 26 through Apr. 1)

Date of News Release: 04/02/2007

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 21 people died in 20 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Mar. 26 through Sunday, Apr. 1, 2007.

Twelve of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and eight of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one of the fatalities is unknown at this time. Two of the fatalities were operating motorcycles and both were not wearing helmets. Five of the victims were operating ATVs and none were wearing helmets. Four of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. Two of the victims were pedestrians.

One double-fatality crash was reported in Ohio County and three single-fatality crashes occurred in Jefferson County. Single fatality crashes occurred in Campbell, Carlisle, Carter, Casey, Daviess, Floyd, Harlan, Harrison, Kenton, Laurel, Lyon, Marshall, Simpson, Trimble, Wayne and Webster counties.

Through Apr. 1, preliminary statistics* indicate that 165 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is three fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 143 motor vehicle fatalities, 88 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the four motorcycle fatalities, three were not wearing helmets. Of the 12 ATV fatalities, 11 were not wearing helmets. Six pedestrians have died in 2007.

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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