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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Fourteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(July 18 through July 24)

Date of News Release: 07/26/11

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, July 18, through Sunday, July 24, 2011.

Twelve of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and five of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Breathitt, Carter, Greenup, Hardin, Henderson, Powell, Shelby and Woodford counties. Alcohol was a factor in the Hardin and Henderson county crashes.

Two double-fatality motor vehicle collisions occurred in Knott and Pulaski counties.

Two motorcycle involved fatal crashes occurred in Leslie and Oldham counties and one victim was wearing a helmet.

Through July 24, 2011, preliminary statistics* indicate that 372 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. This is thirty-five less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2010. There have been 299 motor vehicle fatalities and 161 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-four of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Thirty crashes involved a motorcycle and seventeen victims were not wearing helmets. Eleven crashes involved an ATV and nine of the victims were not wearing a helmet. Twenty-eight crashes involved pedestrians and two involved a bicycle. One crash involved a scooter and one involved a horse drawn vehicle. A total of fifty-nine 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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