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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eleven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (March 31 through April 6)

Date of News Release: 04/07/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that eleven people died in eleven separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, March 31 through Sunday, April 6, 2008.

Ten of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and eight of those victims were not wearing seat belts and one fatality involved a pedestrian. Four of the motor vehicle fatalities were the result of the suspected use of alcohol.

Single fatality crashes occurred in Bath, Bullitt, Carter, Fayette, Grayson, Harrison, Jefferson, Metcalfe, Mclean, Pulaski and Woodford counties.

Through April 6, preliminary statistics* indicate that 186 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. That is eight less than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 156 motor vehicle fatalities, 102 victims were not wearing seat belts. There have been 12 motorcycle fatalities and 7 of those were not wearing helmets. A total of 39 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. Eighteen fatalities have been pedestrians.

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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