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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eleven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(Aug 8 through Aug 14)

Date of News Release: 08/16/11

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that eleven people died in eleven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011.

Nine of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and four of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Breathitt, Franklin, Garrard, Greenup, Hart, Laurel, Lincoln, Pike and Pulaski counties. The crashes in Laurel and Lincoln counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Two ATV-involved fatal crashes occurred in Harrison and Lincoln counties and the victims were not wearing helmets. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Lincoln County crash.

Through August 14, 2011, preliminary statistics* indicate that 418 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. This is fifty-four less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2010. There have been 333 motor vehicle fatalities and 179 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-eight of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Thirty-seven crashes involved a motorcycle and nineteen victims were not wearing helmets. Sixteen crashes involved an ATV and fifteen 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 sixty-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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