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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Seventeen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last (Nov. 10 through Nov. 16)

Date of News Release: 11/17/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that seventeen people died in fifteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, November 10 through Sunday, November 16, 2008. Fourteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and nine of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Three of these crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Barren, Breckinridge, Floyd, Hardin, Letcher, Lyon, Madison, Pike, Trimble and Warren counties.

Two double-fatality crashes occurred in Morgan and Nelson counties.

There were two pedestrian fatalities in Harlan and Jefferson counties.

One motorcycle fatality occurred in Pike county. The victim was wearing a helmet and alcohol was not a factor in this crash.

Through November 16, preliminary statistics* indicate that 705 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 56 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 534 motor vehicle fatalities, 337 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 87 motorcycle fatalities, 52 were not wearing helmets. Twenty-four people have been killed in ATV crashes and 22 of those were not wearing helmets. Fifty-four pedestrians have been killed. A total of 148 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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