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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Four Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (September 8 - September 14)

Date of News Release: 09/15/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 4 people died in four separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, September 8 through Sunday, September 14, 2008. Three of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and none of those victims were wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Franklin, Harlan and McCreary counties.

There was one pedestrian fatality in Henderson county.

Through September 14, preliminary statistics* indicate that 536 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 71 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 402 motor vehicle fatalities, 249 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 69 motorcycle fatalities, 42 were not wearing helmets. Seventeen people have been killed in ATV crashes and 16 of those were not wearing helmets. Forty-four pedestrians have been killed. A total of one-hundred and four 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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