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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Four Motorcycle Deaths on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (07/06 - 07/12)

Date of News Release: 07/13/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, July 6 through Sunday, July 12, 2009.

Five of the crashes involved motor vehicles and one of those victims was not wearing a seat belt. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Calloway, Hancock, Hart and Pulaski counties.

Four motorcycle-involved fatalities occurred and three of those victims were not wearing helmets. Motorcycle crashes occurred in Elliott, Greenup, Hardin and Warren counties.

Through July 12, preliminary statistics* indicate that 405 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is three more fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 335 motor vehicle fatalities and 184 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Eighteen pedestrians have been killed. Forty-five fatalities involved a motorcycle and six fatalities involved an ATV. A total of ninety 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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