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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Thirteen Die on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (12/13 - 12/19)

Date of News Release: 12/20/10

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that thirteen people died in ten separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010.

All of the crashes involved motor vehicles and six victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Boyle, Bullitt, Butler, Letcher, Owsley, Pike, and Russell counties.

A quadruple fatality crash occurred in Clinton County and none of the victims were wearing a seat belt. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in this crash.

Through December 19, preliminary statistics* indicate that 737 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 30 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 576 motor vehicle fatalities and 307 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Eighty-one of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Fifty-eight pedestrians and six bicyclists have been killed. Seventy-nine fatalities involved a motorcycle and sixteen fatalities involved an ATV. Two fatalities involved a scooter. A total of one hundred fifty-one 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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