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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Four Motorcycle Deaths on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (June 8 - 14)

Date of News Release: 06/15/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that eleven people died in eleven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, June 8 through Sunday, June 14, 2009.

Four of the victims were riding motorcycles and two of those crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. Motorcycle crashes occurred in Daviess, Lawrence, Montgomery and Wolfe counties and none of the victims were wearing helmets.

Six of the crashes involved motor vehicles and four of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bell, Logan, Lyon, Meade, Pendleton, and Pike counties. Alcohol was a factor in three of the crashes.

On bicycle fatality occurred in Trigg county and the victim was not wearing a helmet.

Through June 14, preliminary statistics* indicate that 342 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 7 more than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 287 motor vehicle fatalities and 160 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Sixteen pedestrians have been killed. Thirty-three fatalities involved a motorcycle and five fatalities involved an ATV. A total of eighty-one 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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