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Eleven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Dec. 10 through Dec. 16)

Date of News Release: 12/17/07

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that eleven people died in ten separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007.

All of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and seven of the victims were not wearing seat belts (the seat belt status of one of the victims is not known). Three of the fatalities were the result of crashes involving alcohol.

One double-fatality crash occurred in Barren county. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Floyd, Hardin, Henderson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Mason, Nelson, Perry and Russell counties.

Through Dec. 16, preliminary statistics* indicate that 822 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 55 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 662 motor vehicle fatalities, 375 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. Forty-two pedestrians and two bicyclists have been killed. A total of 196 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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