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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eighteen Die On Kentucky Roadways (Aug 2 through Aug. 8)

Date of News Release: 08/09/10

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that eighteen people died in sixteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, August 2, through Sunday, August 8, 2010.

Thirteen of the crashes involved motor vehicles and eleven of the victims were not wearing a seat belt. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Allen, Daviess, Fleming, Hickman, Jefferson (2), Knott, Pendleton, Pike, Shelby and Wayne counties.

One triple-fatality crash occurred in Woodford County and a double-fatality crash occurred in Christian County.

One motorcycle involved fatal crash occurred in Pike County and the victim was wearing a helmet.

One pedestrian involved fatal crash occurred in Fayette County and involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Through August 8 preliminary statistics* indicate that 432 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 40 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 345 motor vehicle fatalities and 178 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Fifty of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Thirty-four fatal crashes involved a pedestrian and 1 involved a scooter. Forty-two crashes involved a motorcycle and 24 of those victims were not wearing helmets. Eight crashes involved an ATV and six victims were not wearing helmets. Two crashes involved a bicycle. A total of 91 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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