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Thirteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Nov. 26 through Dec. 2)

Date of News Release: 12/03/07

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that thirteen people died in thirteen separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007.

Ten of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and four of the victims were not wearing seat belts (the seat belt status of six of the victims is not known). One of the fatalities was a result of a motorcycle crash and the driver was not wearing a helmet. Two of the fatalities were pedestrians. Four of the fatalities were the result of crashes involving alcohol.

Single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Ballard, Butler, Crittenden, Cumberland, Greenup, Jessamine, Knott, Larue, Powell and Scott counties. The Motorcycle crash occurred in Russell county and the two pedestrian-involved crashes occurred in Fayette and Trimble counties.

Through Dec. 2, preliminary statistics* indicate that 790 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 60 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 633 motor vehicle fatalities, 362 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 92 motorcycle fatalities, 53 were not wearing helmets. Of the 24 ATV fatalities, 20 were not wearing helmets. Thirty-nine pedestrians and two bicyclists have been killed. A total of 189 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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