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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Seven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last (Oct. 20 through Oct. 26)

Date of News Release: 10/27/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, October 20 through Sunday, October 26, 2008. Five of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and three of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Boone, Clark, Pendleton, Warren and Woodford counties. One of these crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.

There was one motorcycle fatality that occurred in Rowan county. The victim was not wearing a helmet. A pedestrian fatality occurred in Daviess county.

Through October 26, preliminary statistics* indicate that 630 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 90 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 471 motor vehicle fatalities, 295 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the eighty motorcycle fatalities, forty-eight were not wearing helmets. Twenty-four people have been killed in ATV crashes and twenty-two of those were not wearing helmets. Fifty pedestrians have been killed. A total of one-hundred and twenty eight 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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