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Sixteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (May 8 through May 14)

Date of News Release: 05/15/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 16 people died in 14 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, May 8, 2006, through Sunday, May 14, 2006.

Preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in two of the 14 crashes. Thirteen of the crashes involved motor vehicles and one of them involved a motorcycle. Nine of the 16 motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts. The seatbelt status of one of the victims is not known. The two motorcycle crash victims were wearing helmets.

One double-fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Harrison County and one double-fatality motorcycle crash occurred in Calloway County. Two single-fatality crashes occurred in Pike County. The remaining ten single-fatality crashes occurred in Bath, Campbell, Casey, Elliot, Estill, Jefferson, Jessamine, Perry, Scott and Woodford counties.

Through May 14, 2006, a total of 274 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 50 fewer than reported for this time period in 2005. Of those 274 fatalities, 18 were pedestrians and 17 were motorcyclists, 9 of whom were not wearing helmets. Of the 239 motor vehicle fatalities, 153 victims were not wearing seatbelts and the seatbelt status of 18 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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