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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Four Double-Fatality Crashes Reported Last Week (Dec. 8 - Dec. 14)

Date of News Release: 12/15/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that fifteen people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, December 8 through Sunday, December 14, 2008.

All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and eight of those victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of three victims could not be determined. Three crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. Single vehicle crashes occurred in Allen, Knott, Meade and Taylor counties.

A triple-fatality crash occurred in Pike county and alcohol was suspected as a possible factor. A total of four double-fatality crashes occurred last week. These crashes were reported in Harlan, Hart, Jefferson and Nicholas counties.

Through December 15, 2008 preliminary statistics* indicate that 772 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 59 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 595 motor vehicle fatalities, 371 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 88 motorcycle fatalities, 52 were not wearing helmets. Twenty-three people have been killed in ATV crashes and 21 of those were not wearing helmets. Sixty pedestrians have been killed. A total of 165 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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