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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Five Motorcycle Deaths Included in Traffic Fatalities Last Week (Aug. 18 through Aug. 24)

Date of News Release: 08/25/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 13 people died in thirteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, August 18 through Sunday, August 24, 2008. Six of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and two of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Allen, Knott, Laurel, Letcher, Pike and Scott counties.

There was an ATV fatality in Pike county and the victim was not wearing a helmet.

Five people died in five separate motorcycle crashes occurring in Fleming, Garrard, Laurel, McLean and Menifee counties. Two of the victims were not wearing helmets.

There was one pedestrian fatality in Logan county and the suspected use of alcohol was a factor.

Through August 24, preliminary statistics* indicate that 492 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 63 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 373 motor vehicle fatalities, 228 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 62 motorcycle fatalities, 36 were not wearing helmets. Fifteen people have been killed in ATV crashes and 14 of those were not wearing helmets. Thirty-nine pedestrians have been killed. A total of 91 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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