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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Nine Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (05/17 - 05/23)

Date of News Release: 05/24/10

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, May 17 through Sunday, May 23, 2010.

Five of the crashes involved motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Knott, Perry (2), Pulaski and Union counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Union County crash.

One fatal motorcycle involved crash occurred in Jackson County. The victim was wearing a helmet.

Three pedestrian involved fatal crashes occurred in Fayette, Franklin and Jefferson counties.

Through May 23 preliminary statistics* indicate that 240 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 66 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 200 motor vehicle fatalities and 106 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirty-two of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Twenty-four fatal crashes involved a pedestrian and 1 involved a scooter. Twelve crashes involved a motorcycle and four of those victims were not wearing helmets. Two crashes involved an ATV and one victim was not wearing a helmet. A total of 52 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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