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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eleven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Jan. 21 through Jan. 27, 2008)

Date of News Release: 01/28/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that Eleven people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008.

Eight of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and five of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of one victim is not known. Three of the fatalities resulted from crashes involving alcohol. Three of the fatalities were Pedestrians and occurred in Johnson and Greenup counties.

Single fatality crashes occurred in Bourbon, Clay, Franklin, Hickman, Jefferson (2), Muhlenberg and Warren counties.

The quintuple-fatality crash that occurred in Gallatin County was included in last week's fatality statistics. After further investigation into the death of the Johnson family, KSP Post 11 has determined preliminary results indicate that the actual time of death was December 27, 2007. Therefore, that has changed the total fatalities for 2007 from 858 to 863. The new fatality total for 2008 is reflected in this release.

Through Jan. 27, preliminary statistics* indicate that 55 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is five less than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 43 motor vehicle fatalities, 35 victims were not wearing seat belts. There have been 3 motorcycle fatalities and one of those was not wearing a helmet. A total of 13 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. Three fatalities were pedestrians.

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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