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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Fifteen Die on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (June 16 - June 22)

Date of News Release: 06/23/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that fifteen people died in fifteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, June 16 through Sunday, June 22, 2008. Thirteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and eight of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Allen, Boyd, Calloway, Carter, Harlan, Henry, Jefferson, Lincoln, Logan, Oldham, Pike, Pulaski and Taylor counties. Two of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Two crashes involved motorcycles and occurred in Bell and Boyle counties. One of the victims was not wearing a helmet.

Through June 22, preliminary statistics* indicate that 351 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 50 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 276 motor vehicle fatalities, 175 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 36 motorcycle fatalities, 20 were not wearing helmets. Seven people have been killed in ATV crashes and 6 of those were not wearing helmets. Thirty pedestrians have been killed. A total of 65 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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