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Twelve Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(Apr. 9 through Apr. 15)

Date of News Release: 04/16/2007

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 12 people died in 11 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Apr. 9 through Sunday, Apr. 15, 2007.

Nine of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and five of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Three of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. One of the fatalities was a pedestrian. Two of the fatalities were operating motorcycles and wearing helmets.

One double-fatality crash was reported in Letcher County. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Christian, Daviess, Gallatin, Hart, Hopkins, Marshall, Mason, Perry, Rowan and Webster counties.

Through Apr. 15, preliminary statistics* indicate that 207 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is seven fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 179 motor vehicle fatalities, 110 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the seven motorcycle fatalities, three were not wearing helmets. Of the 12 ATV fatalities, 11 were not wearing helmets. Nine pedestrians have been killed and a total of 49 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

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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