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Eighteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Sept. 18 through Sept. 24)

Date of News Release: 09/25/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 18 people died in 17 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, through Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006.

Fifteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles, one involved a motorcycle, one involved an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and one involved a bicycle. Preliminary data* indicates that alcohol was a factor in three of the motor vehicle crashes. Eleven of the motor vehicle victims were not wearing seatbelts. The victims of the motorcycle, bicycle and ATV crashes were not wearing helmets.

A double fatality crash occurred in Hardin County. Two motor vehicle crashes occurred in Boone County, two in Bath County and two in Rockcastle County. The remaining motor vehicle crashes occurred in Clark, Clay, Grant, Hopkins, Jefferson, LaRue and Lawrence counties. The motorcycle fatality occurred in Muhlenberg County, the bicycle fatality in Jefferson County and the ATV fatality in Letcher County.

Through Sept. 24, 2006, a total of 635 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 57 fewer than were reported for this time period in 2005. Of the 635 fatalities, 37 were pedestrians and 64 were motorcyclists. Forty of the motorcyclists were not wearing helmets. There were eight ATV crash fatalities and none of the victims were wearing helmets. There were two bicycle victims, one of whom was not wearing a helmet. Of the 523 motor vehicle fatalities, 336 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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