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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Ten Die on Kentucky Roadways (Sept. 4 through Sept. 9)

Date of News Release: 09/10/12

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that 10 people died in 10 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Tuesday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.

Seven of the victims were traveling in motor vehicles and six were not wearing seat belts. One single fatality crash occurred in each of the following counties: Adair, Christian, Clay, Hardin, Logan, McCracken and Spencer. The crashes in Adair County and Clay County involved the use of alcohol.

Two fatalities were the result of motorcycle crashes: one in Carter County and one in Warren County. Neither victim was wearing a helmet.

One pedestrian was killed in Pike County.

Through Sept. 9, preliminary statistics* indicate that 498 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is the same as reported for this time period in 2011. Of the 388 motor vehicle fatalities, 223 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 60 motorcycle fatalities, 32 were not wearing a helmet. Six of the seven ATV fatalities were not wearing a helmet. Thirty-nine pedestrians, one scooter/moped rider and three bicycle riders have been killed. A total of 87 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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