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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Twelve Highway Deaths On Kentucky Roads Last Week (Jan 5 - Jan 11, 2009)

Date of News Release: 01/12/09

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that twelve people died in eleven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, January 5 through Sunday, January 11, 2009.

Eleven of the fatal crashes involved motor vehicles and six of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-vehicle crashes occurred in Adair, Floyd, Greenup, Harrison, Jefferson (2), Laurel, Oldham, and Union counties. Two of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.

A double-fatality occurred in Ballard county. Upon KSP arrival, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. After extinguishing the fire, an adult and child were found deceased in the passenger compartment. Preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle traveled off of the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

One pedestrian fatality occurred in Green county.

Through January 11th, preliminary statistics* indicate that 17 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 10 fewer than reported for this time period in 2008. Of the 15 motor vehicle fatalities, 9 victims were not wearing seat belts. One pedestrian has been killed. A total of 5 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

2008 Year-End Fatality Update*

Preliminary statistics* indicate that a total of 822 people lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. Of the 635 motor vehicle fatalities, 394 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 91 motorcycle fatalities, 54 were not wearing helmets. Of the 24 ATV fatalities, 22 were not wearing helmets. There were 66 pedestrian fatalities and six bicycle fatalities. There were 176 fatalities as a result of alcohol-related crashes. Ninety-two fatal crashes involved Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV).

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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