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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Seventeen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (May 29 through June 3)

Date of News Release: 06/04/12

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that seventeen people died in sixteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Tuesday, May 29, through Sunday, June 3, 2012.

Ten of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and five victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Green, Greenup, Logan, McCracken and Pendleton counties. One double-fatality crash occurred in Warren County.

There were three motorcycle involved fatalities and two of the victims were not wearing helmets. Crashes occurred in Bath, Jefferson and Powell counties.

There were four pedestrian involved fatalities and they occurred in Boone, Madison, Martin and Trimble counties. The crash in Boone County and involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Through June 3, 2012, preliminary statistics* indicate that 305 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 41 more fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 253 motor vehicle fatalities and 148 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirty-two of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Twenty-five crashes involved a motorcycle and fifteen victims were not wearing helmets. Three crashes involved an ATV and two victims were not wearing helmets. Twenty-three crashes involved a pedestrian and one involved a bicycle. Fifty-three 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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