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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Ten Die On Kentucky Roadways (Sept. 7 - Sept. 12)

Date of News Release: 09/13/10

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that ten people died in ten separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Tuesday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010.

Eight of the crashes involved motor vehicles and four of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Christian, Knott, Mercer, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Shelby and Trigg counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Pike County crash.

Two motorcycle involved fatal crashes occurred in Boyle and Green counties and the victims were not wearing helmets.

Through Sept. 12, preliminary statistics* indicate that 515 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 49 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 406 motor vehicle fatalities and 212 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Sixty-three of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Forty-one fatal crashes involved a pedestrian and two involved a scooter. Fifty-five crashes involved a motorcycle and thirty-two 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 107 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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