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Seven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Aug. 20 through Aug. 26)

Date of News Release: 08/27/2007

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

Five of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and four of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Two of the fatalities were the result of motorcycle crashes.

Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bell, Daviess, Fayette, Laurel, Madison, Russell and Taylor counties.

Through Aug. 26, preliminary statistics* indicate that 547 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 40 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 437 motor vehicle fatalities, 252 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 68 motorcycle fatalities, 39 were not wearing helmets. Of the 20 ATV fatalities, 16 were not wearing helmets. Twenty-one pedestrians and one bicyclist have been killed. A total of 126 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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