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Ten Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Sept. 11 through Sept. 17)

Date of News Release: 09/18/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 10 people died in 10 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Sept. 11, 2006, through Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006.

Nine of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and one involved a motorcycle. Preliminary data* indicates that alcohol was a factor in four of the motor vehicle crashes. Five of the motor vehicle victims were not wearing seatbelts and the seatbelt status of one victim is not known. The motorcycle victim was not wearing a helmet.

The motor vehicle crashes occurred in Boone, Clinton, Franklin, Grant, Hart, Jefferson, Owsley, Pulaski and Warren counties. The motorcycle fatality occurred in McCracken County.

Through Sept. 17, 2006, a total of 613 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 54 fewer than were reported for this time period in 2005. Of the 613 fatalities, 37 were pedestrians and 63 were motorcyclists. Thirty-nine 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 505 motor vehicle fatalities, 325 victims were not wearing seatbelts and the seatbelt status of 35 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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