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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Three Motorcycle Fatalities Top Weekly Crash Totals (March 9 - March 15)

Date of News Release: 03/16/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that thirteen people died in thirteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, March 9 through Sunday, March 15, 2009.

Nine of the crashes involved motor vehicles and six of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Allen, Harlan, Hart, Knott (2), Laurel, Letcher, Scott and Todd counties.

Three fatal motorcycle crashes occurred in Jefferson, Trimble and Wolfe counties. One crash involved the suspected use of alcohol. Two of the three victims were wearing helmets.

One pedestrian fatality occurred in Montgomery county.

Through March 15, preliminary statistics* indicate that 126 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is sixteen fewer than reported for the same time period in 2008. Of the 112 motor vehicle fatalities, 68 victims were not wearing seat belts. Eight pedestrians have been killed. Five fatalities involved a motorcycle and one fatality involved an ATV. A total of twenty-eight 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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