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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eleven Deaths on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (08/24 - 08/30)

Date of News Release: 08/31/09

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that eleven people died in ten separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, August 24 through Sunday, August 30, 2009.

Ten of the crashes involved motor vehicles and 7 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Clay, Edmonson, Graves, Harlan, Henderson, Logan and Perry counties. Crashes in Graves and Henderson counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.

A double-fatality crash occurred in Breckinridge county and neither victim was wearing a seat belt.

One motorcycle fatality occurred in Ohio county and the victim was wearing a helmet.

Through August 30, preliminary statistics* indicate that 502 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 18 fewer fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 410 motor vehicle fatalities and 220 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-two pedestrians have been killed. Fifty-seven fatalities involved a motorcycle and ten fatalities involved an ATV. Fifty-one crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. A total of 108 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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