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Seventeen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Nov. 13 through Nov. 19)

Date of News Release: 11/20/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 17 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, through Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006.

All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and one pedestrian was killed. Preliminary data* indicates that alcohol was not a factor in any of the crashes. Seven of the motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts.

There were four double-fatality crashes - one each in Logan, Madison, Oldham and Wayne counties. Two single-fatality crashes occurred in Greenup County. The remaining six single-fatality crashes occurred in Estill, Laurel, Meade, Rowan, Taylor and Wolfe counties. The pedestrian was killed in Rockcastle County.

Through Nov. 19, 2006, a total of 801 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is 78 fewer than were reported for this time period in 2005. Of the 801 fatalities, 668 were motor vehicle victims, 423 of whom were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of 42 of the victims is not known. Sixty-nine fatalities involved motorcycles, and 45 of those victims were not wearing helmets. There were ten ATV crash fatalities and none of the victims were wearing helmets. There were four bicycle victims, one of whom was not wearing a helmet, and 49 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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