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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Fourteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Oct. 3 through Oct 9)

Date of News Release: 10/10/11

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that fourteen people died in thirteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Oct. 3, through Sunday, Oct. 09, 2011.

Twelve of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and five of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Barren, Bath, Greenup, Jefferson (3), Marion, Marshall, Spencer, and Whitley counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Bath and Jefferson county crashes.

One double-fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Marion County.

An ATV-involved fatal crash occurred in Taylor County and the victim was not wearing a helmet.

One pedestrian-involved fatal crash occurred in Trimble County.

Through Oct. 11, 2011, preliminary statistics* indicate that 549 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. This is forty-six less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2010. There have been 434 motor vehicle fatalities and 227 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Forty-four of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Fifty-two crashes involved a motorcycle and twenty-nine victims were not wearing helmets. Twenty-one crashes involved an ATV and seventeen of the victims were not wearing a helmet. Thirty-eight crashes involved pedestrians and two involved a bicycle. One crash involved a scooter and one involved a horse-drawn vehicle. A total of eighty-nine 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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