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Wearing a Seatbelt is the Answer

Date of News Release: 01/04/2005

(Henderson, KY) - Across Kentucky 955 people died from crash related injuries in 2004. This is the highest total of traffic related deaths in several years. By increasing the seatbelt usage rate by ten percent we will save nearly one hundred lives across Kentucky.

In the Kentucky State Police Post 16 district, which includes Union, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Daviess and Hancock County, 27 people died in this post district in 2004. The number of people killed in the post district decreased from last year's total of 38. We feel that the message of seatbelt usage and enforcement, along with great media coverage has helped in this reduction. Listed below is the number of people killed in vehicle related crashes by county;

  • Union County 6
  • Henderson County 7
  • Ohio County 6
  • Daviess County 5
  • McLean County 3
  • Hancock County 0

This is the lowest fatal rate in our post district since 1999, also 27.

Across Kentucky in 2005, 9 people have died in vehicle crashes. Six were not wearing a seatbelt, two were belted and one was unknown if a seatbelt was used. Of the 9 killed, 5 involved another motor vehicle, 2 struck a fixed object and 2 ran off the roadway. Driver inattention is the contributing factor in 40% of all crashes. Please Wear Your Seatbelt!

Traffic Crashes can be Prevented "Pay Attention, and Live"

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