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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eight Deaths on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (08/03 - 08/09)

Date of News Release: 08/10/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that eight people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, August 3 through Sunday, August 9, 2009.

Three of the crashes involved motor vehicles and all of those victims were wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Mason, Metcalfe and Washington counties.

One ATV fatality occurred in Meade county and that crash involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Three motorcycle fatalities occurred and one of the victims was not wearing a helmet. One crash occurred in Pike county and a double-fatality crash occurred in Rowan county when two motorcyclists were struck by a vehicle.

One pedestrian fatality occurred in Barren county.

Through August 9, preliminary statistics* indicate that 459 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 3 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 374 motor vehicle fatalities and 202 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Nineteen pedestrians have been killed. Fifty-three fatalities involved a motorcycle and eight fatalities involved an ATV. 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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