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Twelve Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (July 17 through July 23)

Date of News Release: 07/24/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 12 people died in 12 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, July 17, 2006, through Sunday, July 23, 2006.

Preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in two of the 12 crashes. Nine of the crashes involved motor vehicles, two of the crashes involved motorcycles and one involved an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Eight of the nine motor vehicle victims were not wearing a seat belt. One of the motorcycle victims was not wearing a helmet and the helmet status of the ATV victim is not known.

Two single-fatality crashes occurred in Perry County and two in Warren County. The remaining five single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Clinton, Greenup, Lewis, Nelson and Whitley counties. The motorcycle fatalities occurred in Hardin and Pike counties. The ATV fatality occurred in Morgan County.

Through July 23, 2006, a total of 474 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 36 fewer than those reported for this time period in 2005. Of the 474 fatalities, 26 were pedestrians and 48 were motorcyclists, 28 of whom were not wearing helmets. There were four ATV crash victims, three of whom were not wearing helmets, and there was one bicycle victim. Of the 385 motor vehicle fatalities, 252 victims were not wearing seatbelts and the seatbelt status of 29 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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