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Fifteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
May 16 through May 22

Date of Release: 05/24/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 15 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, May 16 through Sunday, May 22.

Of the 13 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in four of the crashes and five of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one of the fatalities is unknown at this time. One of the fatalities was riding a bicycle and one was a pedestrian.

Allen and Grant counties each reported one double-fatality crash. Single fatality crashes occurred in Edmonson, Jefferson, Kenton, Knox, Laurel, Lincoln, Meade, Perry, Pike, Todd and Wolfe counties.

As of May 22, 2005, a total of 326* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is an increase of 11 over the same time period in 2004. One hundred and ninety-one of these 326 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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