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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Sixteen Die On Kentucky Roadways (Aug 9 through Aug. 15)

Date of News Release: 08/16/10

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that sixteen people died in fifteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, August 9, through Sunday, August 15, 2010.

All of the crashes involved motor vehicles and eight of the victims were not wearing a seat belt. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Clark, Daviess, Floyd, Henderson, Hopkins, Jefferson, Kenton, Lincoln, Madison (2), Mercer, Perry, Rowan and Shelby counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Clark, Kenton, Lincoln and Madison county crashes.

One double-fatality crash occurred in Boone County.

Through August 15 preliminary statistics* indicate that 457 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 31 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 365 motor vehicle fatalities and 188 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Fifty-three of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Thirty-five fatal crashes involved a pedestrian and 1 involved a scooter. Forty-six crashes involved a motorcycle and twenty-seven of those victims were not wearing helmets. Eight crashes involved an ATV and six victims were not wearing helmets. Two crashes involved a bicycle. A total of 100 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. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

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