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Fifteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Sept. 25 through Oct. 1)

Date of News Release: 10/02/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 15 people died in 14 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, through Oct. 1, 2006.

Thirteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and two pedestrians were killed. Preliminary data* indicates that alcohol was a factor in four of the motor vehicle crashes. Six of the motor vehicle victims were not wearing seatbelts.

A double fatality crash occurred in Madison County and two single-fatality crashes occurred in Jefferson County. The remaining motor vehicle crashes occurred in Carter, Clay, Jessamine, Lyon, Marion, Martin, Marshall, Oldham and Wolfe counties. The two pedestrian fatalities occurred in Jefferson and Madison counties.

Through Oct. 1, 2006, a total of 654 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 71 fewer than were reported for this time period in 2005. Of the 654 fatalities, 40 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 three bicycle victims, one of whom was not wearing a helmet. Of the 539 motor vehicle fatalities, 344 victims were not wearing seatbelts and the seatbelt status of 36 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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