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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eight Deaths on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (07/13 - 07/19)

Date of News Release: 07/20/09

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that eight people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, July 13 through Sunday, July 19, 2009.

Four of the crashes involved motor vehicles and two of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Christian, Hardin and Hopkins counties and the crash in Christian county involved the suspected use of alcohol. One double-fatality crash occurred in Lewis county.

Two motorcycle-involved fatalities occurred and those victims were not wearing helmets. Motorcycle crashes occurred in Fayette and Oldham counties. One ATV fatality occurred in Ballard county and the victim was not wearing a helmet.

Through July 19, preliminary statistics* indicate that 414 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is the same number of fatalities reported for the corresponding time period in 2008. There were 341 motor vehicle fatalities and 186 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Eighteen pedestrians have been killed. Forty-seven fatalities involved a motorcycle and seven fatalities involved an ATV. A total of ninety-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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