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Seven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Sept. 4 through Sept. 10)

Date of News Release: 09/11/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, through Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006.

Five of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and two of the fatalities were pedestrians. Preliminary data* indicates that alcohol was a factor in one of the pedestrian deaths. Three of the five motor vehicle victims were not wearing seatbelts.

The motor vehicle crashes occurred in Christian, Floyd, Knott, Lawrence and Lewis counties. The pedestrian fatalities occurred in Jefferson and Knox counties.

Through Sept. 10, 2006, a total of 601 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 45 fewer than were reported for this time period in 2005. Of the 601 fatalities, 38 were pedestrians and 62 were motorcyclists. Thirty-eight of the motorcyclists were not wearing helmets. There were six ATV crash fatalities and none of the victims were wearing helmets. There were two bicycle victims. Of the 493 motor vehicle fatalities, 318 victims were not wearing seatbelts and the seatbelt status of 34 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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