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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Fifteen Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Nov. 14 through Nov. 20)

Date of News Release: 11/21/11

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that fifteen people died in thirteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Nov. 14, through Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011.

Fourteen of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and ten of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Clay, Harlan, Hopkins, Letcher, Marion, Owen, Pike, Powell, Taylor and Whitley counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Clay, Pike, Powell, and Whitley county crashes.

Two double fatality crashes occurred in Butler and Clay counties.

One horse-drawn involved crash occurred in Hart County.

Through Nov. 20, 2011, preliminary statistics* indicate that 643 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2011. This is forty-seven less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2010. There have been 506 motor vehicle fatalities and 262 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Fifty-seven of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Sixty crashes involved a motorcycle and thirty-three victims were not wearing helmets. Twenty-five crashes involved an ATV and twenty-one victims were not wearing helmets. Forty-six crashes involved pedestrians and two involved a bicycle. Two crashes involved a scooter and two involved a horse-drawn vehicle. A total of one hundred four 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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