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Eighteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(Apr. 23 through Apr. 29)

Date of News Release: 04/30/2007

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 18 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Apr. 23 through Sunday, Apr. 29, 2007.

All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and six of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one of the victims is unknown at this time. Two of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.

One four-fatality crash was reported in Washington County. One double fatality crash was reported in Harlan County and one in Lawrenece County. Two single-fatality crashes were reported in Fayette County. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in Bullitt, Garrard, Hardin, Hart, Jefferson, McCracken, Pike and Scott counties.

Through Apr. 29, preliminary statistics* indicate that 247 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is four more than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 215 motor vehicle fatalities, 127 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 10 motorcycle fatalities, five were not wearing helmets. Of the 13 ATV fatalities, 12 were not wearing helmets. Nine pedestrians have been killed and a total of 58 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

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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