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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eight Deaths on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (07/27 - 08/02)

Date of News Release: 08/03/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, July 27 through Sunday, August 2, 2009.

Six of the crashes involved motor vehicles and two of those victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of two other victims has yet to be determined. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Fayette, Jessamine, Morgan, Pulaski (2) and Shelby counties. One of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Two bicycle crash fatalities occurred and one of those victims was not wearing a helmet and one crash involved the suspected use of alcohol. Bicycle crashes occurred in Hardin and Jefferson counties.

Through August 2, preliminary statistics* indicate that 447 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 4 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 369 motor vehicle fatalities and 202 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Eighteen pedestrians have been killed. Fifty fatalities involved a motorcycle and seven fatalities involved an ATV. A total of one hundred 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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