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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Fourteen Die On Kentucky Roadways (June 20 through June 26)

Date of News Release: 06/27/11

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that fourteen people died in twelve separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, June 20, through Sunday, June 26, 2011.

Twelve of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and seven of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Barren, Fayette, Greenup, McCreary, Pulaski, Shelby, Simpson and Taylor counties.

Two double-fatality motor vehicle collisions occurred in Cumberland and Mason counties.

Alcohol was a factor in the Barren, Mason, Pulaski and Taylor county crashes.

One motorcycle involved fatal crash occurred in Graves County and the victim was wearing a helmet. A pedestrian involved fatality also occurred in Graves County.

Through June 26, preliminary statistics* indicate that 297 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. This is forty-three less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2010. There have been 241 motor vehicle fatalities and 137 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Nineteen of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Twenty-one crashes involved a motorcycle and eleven victims were not wearing helmets. Seven crashes involved an ATV and six of the victims were not wearing a helmet. Twenty-five crashes involved pedestrians and two involved a bicycle. One crash involved a scooter. A total of forty-six 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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