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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Seven Deaths on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (10/19 - 10/25)

Date of News Release: 10/26/09

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 19 through Sunday, October 25, 2009.

Six of the crashes involved motor vehicles and four of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bell, Jefferson (2) and Monroe counties.

One double-fatality crash occurred in Jefferson county and involved the suspected use of alcohol.

One pedestrian involved fatal crash occurred in Jefferson county.

Through October 19, preliminary statistics* indicate that 623 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 18 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 503 motor vehicle fatalities and 274 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirty 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 137 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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