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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Fifteen Deaths on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (9/14 - 9/20)

Date of News Release: 09/21/09

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that fifteen people died in thirteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, September 14 through Sunday, September 20, 2009.

Twelve of the crashes involved motor vehicles and 6 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Calloway (2), Daviess, Lee, Meade, Muhlenberg, Oldham, Pike, Scott, and Warren (2) counties. The crash in Meade county involved the suspected use of alcohol.

A triple-fatality crash occurred in Wolfe county that involved a motor vehicle and a motorcycle. The motorcyclist and his passenger were wearing helmets and the driver of the motor vehicle was wearing a seat belt. The motor vehicle was attempting to make a left turn on KY-15 heading South. The motorcyclist and his passenger were traveling North on KY-15 when the vehicle struck the front of the bike with the drivers side door.

One pedestrian fatal crash occurred in Marion county and involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Through September 20, preliminary statistics* indicate that 572 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 17 more fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 457 motor vehicle fatalities and 246 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-nine pedestrians have been killed. Sixty-eight fatalities involved a motorcycle and fourteen fatalities involved an ATV. Fifty-seven crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. A total of 127 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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