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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Ten Die On Kentucky Roadways Last (Oct. 6 through Oct. 12)

Date of News Release: 10/13/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 10 people died in 10 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008.

Three of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles. Two of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Four victims were riding motorcycles and three were not wearing helmets. Three fatalities were pedestrians. Three of the fatalities were the result of a crash involving alcohol.

Three single-fatality crashes occurred in Jefferson County. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in Boone, Bracken, Edmonson, Fayette, Larue, Rockcastle and Woodford counties.

Through Oct. 12, preliminary statistics* indicate that 599 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 89 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 445 motor vehicle fatalities, 277 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 78 motorcycle fatalities, 46 were not wearing helmets. Of the 23 ATV fatalities, 21 were not wearing helmets. Forty-eight pedestrians and five bicyclists have been killed. A total of 125 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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