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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Thirteen Die On Kentucky Roadways (Aug 23 through Aug. 29)

Date of News Release: 08/30/10

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that thirteen people died in thirteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, August 23, through Sunday, August 29, 2010.

Seven of the crashes involved motor vehicles and five of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bath, Boone, Harlan, Jefferson, Livingston, Pulaski, and Shelby counties.

Five pedestrian involved fatal crashes occurred in Carroll, Floyd, Hardin, Jefferson and Wolfe counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Carroll county crash.

One motorcycle fatal crash occurred in Boone County and the victim was wearing a helmet.

Through August 29 preliminary statistics* indicate that 487 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 27 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 383 motor vehicle fatalities and 200 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Fifty-nine of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Forty-one fatal crashes involved a pedestrian and one involved a scooter. Fifty-one crashes involved a motorcycle and twenty-nine of those victims were not wearing helmets. Nine crashes involved an ATV and seven victims were not wearing helmets. Two crashes involved a bicycle. A total of 104 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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