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Seventeen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (July 30 through Aug. 5)

Date of News Release: 08/06/2007

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 17 people died in 16 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007.

Thirteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and seven of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Eight of the fatalities were the result of crashes that involved the suspected use of alcohol. Four of the victims were operating motorcycles and three were not wearing helmets.

One double-fatality crash occurred in Marshall County. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Breathitt, Carroll, Fayette, Henderson, Jefferson, Knox, Larue, Marshall, McCracken, Owen, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor, Warren and Whitely counties.

Through Aug. 5, preliminary statistics* indicate that 502 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 22 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006.

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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