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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Thirteen Die on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (June 23rd - 29th)

Date of News Release: 06/30/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that thirteen people died in twelve separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, June 23 through Sunday, June 29, 2008. Eleven of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and eight of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Butler, Clay, Edmonson, Fulton (2) Henry, Hickman, Jefferson, Jessamine, Lyon and Woodford counties. Four of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.

One ATV crash occurred in Magoffin county and involved the suspected use of alcohol. The victim was not wearing a helmet. There was one pedestrian fatality in Fayette county.

Through June 29, preliminary statistics* indicate that 367 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 52 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 288 motor vehicle fatalities, 184 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 36 motorcycle fatalities, 20 were not wearing helmets. Eleven people have been killed in ATV crashes and ten of those were not wearing helmets. Thirty -one pedestrians have been killed. A total of 71 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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