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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Thirteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (May 7 through May 13)

Date of News Release: 05/14/12

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that thirteen people died in thirteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, May 7, through Sunday, May 13, 2012.

Twelve of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and six victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Allen, Boone, Bracken, Daviess, Harrison, Hart (2), Logan, Rockcastle, Rowan, and Taylor counties. The crash in Perry County involved the suspected use of alcohol.

One pedestrian involved fatality occurred in Fayette County.

Through May 13, 2012, preliminary statistics* indicate that 238 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 13 more fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 205 motor vehicle fatalities and 119 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-seven of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Twelve crashes involved a motorcycle and eight victims were not wearing helmets. Three crashes involved an ATV and two victims were not wearing helmets. Seventeen crashes involved a pedestrian and one involved a bicycle. Thirty-seven deaths 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. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

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