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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Twenty-Two Die On Kentucky Roadways Last (Nov. 3 through Nov. 9)

Date of News Release: 11/10/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that twenty-two people died in nineteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, November 3 through Sunday, November 9, 2008. Twenty-one of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and fifteen of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Five of these crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Bullitt, Carroll, Clark, Clay, Edmonson, Floyd, Grant, Grayson, Henderson, Jefferson, Knox, Letcher, Marshall, Russell, and Trigg counties.

Three double-fatality crashes occurred in Butler, McCracken and Rockcastle counties.

There was one pedestrian fatality in Jefferson county.

Through November 9, preliminary statistics* indicate that 681 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 69 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 516 motor vehicle fatalities, 325 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 84 motorcycle fatalities, 51 were not wearing helmets. Twenty-four people have been killed in ATV crashes and 22 of those were not wearing helmets. Fifty-two pedestrians have been killed. A total of 143 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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