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Fourteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (June 25 through July 1)

Date of News Release: 07/02/2007

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 14 people died in 12 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, June 25 through Sunday, July 1, 2007.

Ten of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and nine of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Four of the victims were operating a motorcycle and three were not wearing a helmet. Two of the fatalities were the result of crashes that involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Carter County and Warren County each reported one double-fatality crash. Jefferson County reported three single-fatality crashes. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in Carter, Daviess, Grant, Knott, Larue, Logan and Pike counties.

Through July 1, preliminary statistics* indicate that 415 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 17 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 341 motor vehicle fatalities, 200 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 40 motorcycle fatalities, 23 were not wearing helmets. Of the 18 ATV fatalities, 14 were not wearing helmets. Sixteen pedestrians have been killed and a total of 94 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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