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Eleven Die On Kentucky Roadways During Five-Day July 4th Holiday Period
No Fatalities Reported On July 4th

Date of News Release: 07/11/2007

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 11 people died in 10 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways during the five-day July 4th holiday reporting period, which began at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3 and continued through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 8. No highway fatalities were reported on Wednesday July 4th.

Five of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and one of the victims was not wearing a seat belt. One of the motor vehicle crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. Single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Boyd, Fayette, Hart, Jackson and Shelby counties.

Three motorcycle crashes resulted in four fatalities. Three of the victims were not wearing helmets and one crash involved the suspected use of alcohol. One double-fatality motorcycle crash was reported in Metcalfe County. Single-fatality motorcycle crashes occurred in Elliott and McCreary counties.

One single-fatality ATV crash occurred in Owsley County. The victim was not wearing a helmet and alcohol is a suspected factor. Jefferson County reported one fatality involving a bicycle rider.

During the four-day July 4th holiday period in 2006, there were 16 fatalities on Kentucky roadways.

Through July 8, preliminary statistics* indicate that 431 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 31 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 349 motor vehicle fatalities, 202 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 46 motorcycle fatalities, 27 were not wearing helmets. Of the 19 ATV fatalities, 15 were not wearing helmets. One bicyclist and 16 pedestrians have been killed. A total of 97 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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