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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Fifteen Die On Kentucky Roadways (Oct. 11 through Oct. 17)

Date of News Release: 10/18/10

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that 15 people died in 10 separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010.

Nine of the crashes involved motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Calloway, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Lawrence, Taylor and Warren counties. There was a double-fatality crash in Muhlenberg County.

Three motorcycle-involved fatal crashes occurred in Carlisle, Lincoln and Meade counties and two of the victims were wearing helmets. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Carlisle County crash.

One ATV crash occurred in Bullitt County. The victim was not wearing a helmet.

One pedestrian-involved fatal crash occurred in Knox County.

One bicycle-involved fatal crash occurred in Christian County and the victim was not wearing a helmet.

Through Oct. 17, preliminary statistics* indicate that 605 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 22 fewer than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 466 motor vehicle fatalities and 241 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Sixty-six of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Forty-seven fatal crashes involved a pedestrian and two involved a scooter. Seventy-three crashes involved a motorcycle and 42 of those victims were not wearing helmets. Twelve crashes involved an ATV and 10 victims were not wearing helmets. Five crashes involved a bicycle. A total of 122 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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