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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Nineteen Highway Deaths on Kentucky Roads Last Week (April 27 - May 3)

Date of News Release: 05/04/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that nineteen people died in nineteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, April 27 through Sunday, May 3, 2009.

Sixteen of the crashes involved motor vehicles and eleven of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Adair, Allen, Boone, Christian, Clinton, Elliott, Fayette, Floyd, Grant, Graves, Hopkins, Jefferson (3), Letcher, and Warren counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in five of the crashes.

Three motorcycle crashes occurred in Bell, Grant and Hopkins counties. Two victims were not wearing helmets. The crash in Bell county involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Through May 3, preliminary statistics* indicate that 240 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is three more than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 206 motor vehicle fatalities and 119 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Thirteen pedestrians have been killed. Nineteen fatalities involved a motorcycle and two fatalities involved an ATV. A total of fifty-seven 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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