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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Six Deaths on Kentucky Roadways Last Week (10/05 - 10/11)

Date of News Release: 10/12/09

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that six people died in five separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009.

All six of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles. Five of the victims were not wearing seat belts. One of the fatalities was the result of a crash involving alcohol.

One double-fatality crash occurred in Marshall County. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Calloway, Carter, Jefferson and Warren counties.

Through Oct. 11, preliminary statistics* indicate that 604 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is seven fewer than reported for this time period in 2008. Of the 485 motor vehicle fatalities, 264 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 70 motorcycle fatalities, 40 were not wearing helmets. Of the 15 ATV fatalities, 14 were not wearing helmets. Five bicyclists and 29 pedestrians have been killed. A total of 133 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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