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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Tragic Week On Kentucky Roadways

Date of News Release: 09/02/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 22 people died in nineteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, August 25 through Monday, September 1, 2008. Eleven of the fatalities occurred during the official Labor Day Holiday period (8/29 at 6:00 p.m. through 9/1 at 11:59 p.m.)

Sixteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and eleven of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Barren, Bell, Boyle, Breathitt, Elliott, Harlan, Lewis, Meade, Montgomery, Muhlenberg (3), Nelson, Pike, Warren and Woodford counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in three of these crashes.

A triple-fatality crash occurred in Muhlenberg county killing three sixteen year-old males. None of the victims were wearing seat belts.

A double-fatality motorcycle crash occurred in Jefferson county and a single motorcycle fatality occurred in Taylor county. None of the victims in these crashes were wearing helmets. The suspected use of alcohol was factor in the double-fatality.

There was an ATV fatality in Marshall county and the victim was not wearing a helmet. The suspected use of alcohol is a factor in this crash.

There was a bicycle fatality in Laurel county and a Pedestrian fatality in Jefferson county. Alcohol was a factor in this pedestrian fatality.

Through September 1, preliminary statistics* indicate that 520 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 53 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 391 motor vehicle fatalities, 240 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 66 motorcycle fatalities, 36 were not wearing helmets. Seventeen people have been killed in ATV crashes and 16 of those were not wearing helmets. Forty-two pedestrians and four bicyclists have been killed on Kentucky roadways. A total of 101 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.

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