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Twenty-One On Kentucky Roadways Last Week
(May 14 through May 20)

Date of News Release: 05/21/2007

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 21 people died in 19 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, May 14 through Sunday, May 20, 2007.

Thirteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and nine of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Five victims were operating motorcycles and three were not wearing helmets. Three pedestrians were killed. Six of the fatalities were the result of crashes that involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Greenup and Meade counties each reported one double-fatality crash. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Hardin, Hart, Hickman, Hopkins, Johnson, Laurel, Letcher, Livingston, Madison, Montgomery, Nicholas, Owen, Rowan, Trigg, Warren and Webster counties.

Through May 20, preliminary statistics* indicate that 310 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 10 more than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 264 motor vehicle fatalities, 156 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 19 motorcycle fatalities, nine were not wearing helmets. Of the 13 ATV fatalities, 12 were not wearing helmets. Fourteen pedestrians have been killed and a total of 78 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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