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Seventeen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (May 1 through May 7)

Date of News Release: 05/08/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 17 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, May 1, 2006, through Sunday, May 7, 2006.

Preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in four of the 13 crashes, all of which involved motor vehicles. One of the 17 victims was a pedestrian. None of the 16 motor vehicle victims was wearing a seat belt.

The three double-fatality crashes occurred in Clay, Hopkins and Wayne counties. Three single-fatality crashes and the pedestrian fatality occurred in Jefferson County. The remaining seven single-fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Fayette, Fleming, Greenup Pike, Warren and Woodford counties.

Through May 7, 2006, a total of 257 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 48 fewer than reported for this time period in 2005. Of those 257 fatalities, 18 were pedestrians and 15 were motorcyclists, 9 of whom were not wearing helmets. Of the 224 motor vehicle fatalities, 143 victims were not wearing seatbelts, 64 were wearing seatbelts and the seatbelt status of 17 of the victims is not known.

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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