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Thirteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Feb. 19 through Feb. 25)

Date of News Release: 02/26/2007

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 13 people died in 13 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007.

Twelve of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and nine of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of two of the victims is unknown at this time. One of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. One of the victims was operating an ATV and not wearing a helmet.

Two single-fatality crashes occurred in Muhlenberg County. Single fatality crashes occurred in Clay, Hickman, Jefferson, Livingston, Madison, McCracken, Morgan, Owen, Pendleton, Rockcastle and Washington counties.

Through Feb. 25, preliminary statistics* indicate that 94 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 11 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 87 motor vehicle fatalities, 56 victims were not wearing seat belts.

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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