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Eighteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (June 18 through June 24)

Date of News Release: 06/25/2007

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 18 people died in 17 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, June 18 through Sunday, June 24, 2007.

Sixteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and four of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of three of the victims is unknown at this time. One of the victims was operating a motorcycle and not wearing a helmet. One of the fatalities was the result of a crash that involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Boyle County reported one double-fatality crash and two single-fatality crashes. Pulaski County reported two single-fatality crashes. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in Clinton, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Graves, Jefferson, Lawrence, Madison, Meade, Oldham, Pendleton and Powell counties.

Through June 24, preliminary statistics* indicate that 399 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is seven fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 329 motor vehicle fatalities, 190 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 36 motorcycle fatalities, 20 were not wearing helmets. Of the 18 ATV fatalities, 14 were not wearing helmets. Sixteen pedestrians have been killed and a total of 92 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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