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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Ten Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (April 9 through April 15)

Date of News Release: 04/18/12

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, April 9, through Sunday, April 15, 2012.

Seven of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and six victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Barren, Christian, Jefferson (2), Lincoln, McCracken and Meade counties. The crashes in Jefferson and McCracken counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.

One bicycle involved fatal crash occurred in Franklin County.

Two pedestrian involved fatal crashes occurred in Jefferson and Knox counties.

Through April 15, 2012, preliminary statistics* indicate that 174 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is the same amount of fatalities reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 146 motor vehicle fatalities and 86 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Eighteen of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Eleven crashes involved a motorcycle and eight victims were not wearing helmets. Two crashes involved an ATV and one victim was not wearing a helmet. Fourteen crashes involved a pedestrian. Twenty-nine deaths 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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