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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eighteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (May 12 through May 18)

Date of News Release: 05/19/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 18 people died in 18 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, May 12 through Sunday, May 18, 2008.

Thirteen of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles. Eight of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Two of the fatalities were operating motorcycles. One of them was not wearing a helmet. One of the fatalities was operating an ATV and not wearing a helmet. Two of the fatalities were pedestrians. Three of the fatalities were the result of crashes involving alcohol.

Two single-fatality crashes occurred in Perry County and two in Rockcastle County. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in Bath, Breckinridge, Caldwell, Campbell, Clinton, Hardin, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Pendleton, Pike, Pulaski and Rowan counties. The pedestrian fatalities were in Boone and Jefferson counties.

Through May 18, preliminary statistics* indicate that 270 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 46 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 220 motor vehicle fatalities, 142 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 20 motorcycle fatalities, 13 were not wearing helmets. Of the four ATV fatalities, none were wearing helmets. One bicyclist and 25 pedestrians have been killed. A total of 50 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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