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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eighteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (April 30 through May 6)

Date of News Release: 05/07/12

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that eighteen people died in seventeen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, April 30, through Sunday, May 6, 2012.

All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and ten victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Barren (2), Boyd, Breckinridge, Calloway, Fayette (2), Grant, Hopkins, McCracken, Pike (2), Russell, Todd, Trigg, and Woodford counties. The crashes in Barren and McCracken counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.

One double fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Taylor County.

Through May 6, 2012, preliminary statistics* indicate that 222 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 7 more fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 191 motor vehicle fatalities and 111 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-three of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Twelve crashes involved a motorcycle and eight victims were not wearing helmets. Two crashes involved an ATV and one victim was not wearing a helmet. Sixteen crashes involved a pedestrian and one involved a bicycle. Thirty-five 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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