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Nine Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(Jan. 17 through Jan. 23)

Date of Release: 01/24/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan 23.

Of the nine fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in one of the crashes and five of the victims were not wearing seat belts.

Three of the fatal crashes occurred in Jefferson County and two in Letcher County. Single fatality crashes also occurred in Carter, Fayette, Jessamine and Warren counties.

Since the beginning of the 2005, a total of 46* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is an increase of 14 over the same time period in 2004. Twenty-eight of these 46 fatalities were not wearing seat belts.

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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