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Fourteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(Feb. 14 through Feb. 20)

Date of Release: 02/21/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 14 people died in 11 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 20.

Of the 11 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in three of the crashes and 10 of the victims were not wearing seat belts.

One double fatality crash occurred in Jefferson County, Johnson County and Hancock County. Two single fatality crashes occurred in Pike County. Single fatality crashes also occurred in Bourbon, Breathitt, Christian, Hart, Marion and Pendleton counties.

Since the beginning of the 2005, a total of 110* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is an increase of 14 over the same time period in 2004. Sixty-three of these 110 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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