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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Seven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Jan. 28 through Feb. 3)

Date of News Release: 02/04/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008.

Seven of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts. One of the fatalities resulted from a crash involving alcohol. One of the fatalities was a pedestrian and occurred in Jefferson County.

Single fatality crashes occurred in Estill, Grant, Hickman, Madison, Mercer, and Pike counties.

Through Feb. 3, preliminary statistics* indicate that 60 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is eight less than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 50 motor vehicle fatalities, 38 victims were not wearing seat belts. There have been 3 motorcycle fatalities and one of those was not wearing a helmet. A total of 15 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol. Seven 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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