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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Sixteen Highway Deaths On Kentucky Roads Last Week (Jan 12 - Jan 18, 2009)

Date of News Release: 01/20/09

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that sixteen people died in fifteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, January 12 through Sunday, January 18, 2009.

Fifteen of the fatal crashes involved motor vehicles and eight of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-vehicle crashes occurred in Bell, Carroll, Jefferson, Logan, Oldham, Pike, Powell, Shelby, Warren (2) and Webster counties. Four of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.

There were two double-fatality crashes during this time period. They occurred in Garrard and Washington counties.

One pedestrian fatality occurred in Bell county.

Through January 18th, preliminary statistics* indicate that 33 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 5 fewer than reported for this time period in 2008. Of the 30 motor vehicle fatalities, 17 victims were not wearing seat belts. Three pedestrians have been killed. A total of 9 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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