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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Ten Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Aug 15 through Aug 21)

Date of News Release: 08/22/11

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that ten people died in ten separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011.

Eight of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and six of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Boyd, Bullitt, Fayette, Graves, Leslie, Marshall, Todd and Trigg counties. The crashes in Leslie and Marshall counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.

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

One pedestrian-involved fatal crash occurred in Jefferson County.

Through August 21, 2011, preliminary statistics* indicate that 432 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. This is fifty-one less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2010. There have been 344 motor vehicle fatalities and 188 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirty of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Thirty-eight crashes involved a motorcycle and nineteen victims were not wearing helmets. Seventeen crashes involved an ATV and fifteen of the victims were not wearing a helmet. Twenty-nine crashes involved pedestrians and two involved a bicycle. One crash involved a scooter and one involved a horse-drawn vehicle. A total of seventy-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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