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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Nine Highway Deaths On Kentucky Roads Last Week (March 2 - March 8)

Date of News Release: 03/09/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, March 2 through Sunday, March 8, 2009.

Eight of the crashes involved motor vehicles and four of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bath, Boone, Boyle, Jefferson, Mercer and Warren counties. One double-fatality crash occurred in Russell county. None of the fatal crashes were alcohol- related.

One motorcycle fatality occurred in Madison county on Ky. 1295. The victim was attempting to pass another motorist when he collided head on with an oncoming vehicle. The victim was wearing a helmet.

Through March 8, preliminary statistics* indicate that 110 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is twenty-three fewer than reported for the same time period in 2008. Of the 101 motor vehicle fatalities, 57 victims were not wearing seat belts. Six pedestrian have been killed. Two fatalities involved a motorcycle and one fatality involved an ATV. A total of twenty-six 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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