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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Nine Fatalities Reported on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (July 7th - 13th)

Date of News Release: 07/14/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, July 7 through Sunday, July 13, 2008. Eight of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and four of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Breckinridge, Calloway (2), Jefferson, Marshall, Shelby, Warren, and Washington counties. Two of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.

One motorcycle crash occurred in Laurel county and the victim was not wearing a helmet.

Through July 13, preliminary statistics* indicate that 388 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 69 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 305 motor vehicle fatalities, 190 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 39 motorcycle fatalities, 22 were not wearing helmets. Eleven people have been killed in ATV crashes and 10 of those were not wearing helmets. Thirty-two pedestrians have been killed. A total of 77 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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