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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eight Die On Kentucky Roadways Last (Nov. 17 through Nov. 23)

Date of News Release: 11/24/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that eight people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, November 17 through Sunday, November 23, 2008. All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and none of those victims were wearing seat belts. Two of these crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Fayette, Laurel (2), Morgan, Perry and Pike counties.

A double-fatality crash occurred in Jefferson county.

Through November 23, preliminary statistics* indicate that 714 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 63 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 543 motor vehicle fatalities, 346 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 87 motorcycle fatalities, 52 were not wearing helmets. Twenty-four people have been killed in ATV crashes and 22 of those were not wearing helmets. Fifty-four pedestrians have been killed. A total of 151 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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