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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Five Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (04/26 - 05/02)

Date of News Release: 05/03/10

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that five people died in five separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, April 26 through Sunday, May 2, 2010.

Three of the crashes involved motor vehicles and none of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bourbon, Harlan, and Jefferson counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Harlan County crash.

Two pedestrian involved fatal crashes occurred in Fayette and Kenton Counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Fayette County crash.

Through May 2, preliminary statistics* indicate that 211 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 58 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 179 motor vehicle fatalities and 94 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirty of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Twenty-one fatal crashes involved a pedestrian and 1 involved a scooter. Seven crashes involved a motorcycle and three of those victims were not wearing helmets. Two crashes involved an ATV and one victim was not wearing a helmet. A total of 45 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. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

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