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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Six Die on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (May 27 - June 1)

Date of News Release: 06/02/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that six people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Tuesday, May 27 - June 1, 2008. All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and four of those victims were not wearing seat belts. The motor vehicle crashes occurred in Allen, Barren, Bourbon, Floyd, Metcalfe and Whitley counties. Alcohol was the suspected factor in two of the crashes.

Through June 1, preliminary statistics* indicate that 299 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 48 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 239 motor vehicle fatalities, 153 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 25 motorcycle fatalities, fourteen were not wearing helmets. Seven** people have been killed in ATV crashes and 6 of those were not wearing helmets. Twenty-seven pedestrians have been killed. A total of 54 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.

**Initial data indicated that four ATV fatalities were reported on Kentucky roadways last week. One of those fatalities occurred on private property and should not be included in the highway fatality data.

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