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Thirteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (October 29 through November 4)

Date of News Release: 11/05/07

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that thirteen people died in eleven separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, October 29 through Sunday, November 4, 2007.

Eleven of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and eight of the eleven victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one of the victims is not known at this time. Three of the fatalities were the result of crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. Two of the fatalities involved pedestrians and occurred in Jefferson and Boyd counties.

The single fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Caldwell, Carter, Christian, Floyd, Gallatin, Jefferson (2), Metcalfe, Pike, and Scott counties.

Through November 4, preliminary statistics* indicate that 576 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 44 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 576 motor vehicle fatalities, 328 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 90 motorcycle fatalities, 52 were not wearing helmets. Of the 24 ATV fatalities, 20 were not wearing helmets. Thirty-six pedestrians and one bicyclist have been killed. A total of 173 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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