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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Seventeen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Aug. 11 through Aug. 17)

Date of News Release: 08/19/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 17 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008.

Twelve of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles. Seven of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Three victims were riding motorcycles and one was not wearing a helmet. One fatality was a pedestrian and one was a bicyclist. One of the fatalities was the result of a crash involving alcohol.

Carter, Hart, Henderson and Warren counties each recorded one double-fatality crash. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Clay, Estill, Jefferson, Owsley, Trimble, Union and Wolfe counties. The pedestrian fatality was in Grayson County and the bicyclist fatality was in Edmonson County.

Through Aug. 17, preliminary statistics* indicate that 478 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 68 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 366 motor vehicle fatalities, 225 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 57 motorcycle fatalities, 34 were not wearing helmets. Of the 14 ATV fatalities, 13 were not wearing helmets. Thirty-eight pedestrians and three bicyclists have been killed. A total of 90 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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