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Seventeen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(Mar. 21 through Mar. 27)

Date of Release: 03/28/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 17 people died in 14 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, March 21 through Sunday, Mar. 27.

Of the 14 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in three of the crashes and 11 of the victims were not wearing seat belts.

Barren, Casey and Lewis counties each recorded one double-fatality crash. Boone and Greenup counties experienced two single-fatality crashes each. Single fatality crashes also occurred in Bullitt, Campbell, Hardin, Harrison, Pike, Simpson and Webster counties.

Since the beginning of the 2005, a total of 182* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is an increase of 13 over the same time period in 2004. One hundred and thirteen of these 182 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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