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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Seven Deaths on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (10/12 - 10/18)

Date of News Release: 10/19/09

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, October 12 through Sunday, October 18, 2009.

All of the crashes involved motor vehicles and 4 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bullitt, Harrison, Jefferson, Muhlenberg and Russell counties. The crash in Bullitt county involved the suspected use of alcohol. One double-fatality crash occurred in Boone county.

Through October 18, preliminary statistics* indicate that 616 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 16 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 497 motor vehicle fatalities and 270 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-nine pedestrians and 5 bicyclists have been killed. Seventy fatalities involved a motorcycle and fifteen fatalities involved an ATV. Sixty-four crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. A total of 135 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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