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Seventeen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(May 2 through May 8)

Date of Release: 05/09/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 17 people died in 15 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, May 2 through Sunday, May 8.

Of the 15 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in five of the crashes and 10 of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of two of the fatalities is unknown at this time. One of the fatalities was a pedestrian.

One double fatality crash occurred in Fayette County and one double fatality crash occurred in Franklin County. Two single fatality crashes occurred in Jefferson County. Single fatality crashes also occurred in Bourbon, Franklin, Harlan, Kenton, Letcher, Madison, Marion, Perry, Pulaski, Shelby and Warren counties.

Since the beginning of the 2005, a total of 286* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is an increase of 10 over the same time period in 2004. One hundred and seventy of these 286 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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