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Twenty Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Oct. 1 through Oct. 7)

Date of News Release: 10/08/2007

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 20 people died in 17 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007.

Fourteen of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and eight of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one victim is unknown at this time. Four of the fatalities were the result of motorcycle crashes and two were not wearing helmets. Two fatalities were pedestrians. Six of the fatalities were the result of crashes involving alcohol.

Three double-fatality crashes occurred: one in Montgomery County, one in Pendleton County and one in Rowan County. Three single-fatality crashes occurred in Madison County. Two single-fatality crashes occurred in Meade County and two in Morgan County. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in Boyd, Hardin, Hopkins, Laurel, Leslie, Lincoln and Oldham counties.

Through Oct. 7, preliminary statistics* indicate that 661 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 32 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 525 motor vehicle fatalities, 300 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 84 motorcycle fatalities, 48 were not wearing helmets. Of the 24 ATV fatalities, 20 were not wearing helmets. Twenty-seven pedestrians and one bicyclist have been killed. A total of 159 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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