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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eight Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (May 16 through May 22)

Date of News Release: 05/23/11

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, May 16, through Sunday, May 22, 2011.

Five of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bell, Carlisle, Daviess, Washington, and Wolfe counties. Alcohol was a factor in the Daviess County crashes.

Two motorcycle involved fatal crashes occurred in Bath and Clay counties and neither victim was wearing a helmet.

A bicycle involved fatal crash occurred in Woodford County and the victim was not wearing a helmet.

Through May 22, preliminary statistics* indicate that 228 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. This is sixteen less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2010. There have been 186 motor vehicle fatalities and 111 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Eighteen of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Eleven crashes involved a motorcycle and eight victims were not wearing helmets. Four crashes involved an ATV and three of the victims were not wearing a helmet. Twenty-four crashes involved pedestrians and two involved a bicycle. One crash involved a scooter. A total of thirty-three 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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