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Eighteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Oct. 23 through Oct. 29)

Date of News Release: 11/01/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 18 people died in 15 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, through Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006.

Sixteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles, one involved a motorcycle and one involved an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Preliminary data* indicates that alcohol was a factor in three of the crashes. Eight of the motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts and neither the motorcycle nor the ATV victims were wearing helmets.

A triple-fatality crash occurred in Taylor County and a double-fatality crash occurred in Whitley County. Two single-fatality crashes occurred in Pike County. The remaining single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Casey, Christian, Jefferson, Marion, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Rockcastle, Scott and Shelby counties. The motorcycle fatality occurred in Magoffin County and the ATV fatality in Clay County.

Through Oct. 29, 2006, a total of 744 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 74 fewer than were reported for this time period in 2005. Of the 744 fatalities, 617 were motor vehicle victims, 397 of whom were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of 38 of the victims is not known. Sixty-eight fatalities involved motorcycles, and 44 of those victims were not wearing helmets. There were nineATV crash fatalities and none of the victims were wearing helmets. There were three bicycle victims, one of whom was not wearing a helmet, and 46 pedestrians have been killed.

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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