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Sixteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Sept. 24 through Sept. 30)

Date of News Release: 10/01/2007

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 16 people died in 14 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007.

Twelve of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and four of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Two of the fatalities were the result of motorcycle crashes and neither was wearing a helmet. One fatality was the result of an ATV crash and was not wearing a helmet. One fatality was a pedestrian. Five of the fatalities were the result of crashes involving alcohol.

One triple-fatality crash occurred in Laurel County. Two single-fatality crashes occurred in Jefferson County and two in Pike County. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in Clark, Christian, Daviess, Harlan, Hopkins, Letcher. Owen, Pulaski and Warren counties.

Through Sept. 30, preliminary statistics* indicate that 636 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 29 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 508 motor vehicle fatalities, 291 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 78 motorcycle fatalities, 44 were not wearing helmets. Of the 24 ATV fatalities, 20 were not wearing helmets. Twenty-five pedestrians and one bicyclist have been killed. A total of 152 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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