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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Fourteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week(May 31 through June 5)

Date of News Release: 06/06/11

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that 14 people died in 12 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Tuesday, May 31 through Sunday, June 5, 2011.

Ten of the victims were traveling in motor vehicles. Three were not wearing seat belts. Two of the fatalities were the result of crashes involving alcohol. Three of the fatalities were riding motorcycles. One was not wearing a helmet. One fatality was operating an ATV and not wearing a helmet.

Two double-fatality crashes occurred: one in Boyle County and one in Floyd County. Two single fatality crashes occurred in Fayette County. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Butler, Clinton, Jefferson, Knox, Laurel, Ohio, Powell and Scott counties.

Through June 5, preliminary statistics* indicate that 257 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. This is 19 fewer than reported for this time period in 2010. Of the 208 motor vehicle fatalities, 122 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 17 motorcycle fatalities, 10 were not wearing helmets. Four of the five ATV fatalities were not wearing helmets. The one scooter fatality was not wearing a helmet. Two bicycle riders have lost their lives. Twenty-four pedestrians have been killed. A total of 38 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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