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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Nine Fatalities Reported on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (July 14th - 20th)

Date of News Release: 07/21/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, July 14 through Sunday, July 20, 2008. Seven of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and five of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Boyle, Knott, Madison, Taylor and Webster counties. A double-fatality motor-vehicle crash occurred in Russell county.

A motorcycle fatality occurred in Pike county and the suspected use of alcohol was a factor. The victim was not wearing a helmet.

A bicycle fatality occurred in Jefferson county when a motor vehicle struck the bicycle as it was exiting I-65 onto the outer loop. The victim was not wearing a helmet.

Through July 20, preliminary statistics* indicate that 403 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 73 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 315 motor vehicle fatalities, 197 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 42 motorcycle fatalities, 23 were not wearing helmets. Eleven people have been killed in ATV crashes and 10 of those were not wearing helmets. Thirty-three pedestrians have been killed. A total of 79 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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