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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eight Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Jan. 23, through Jan. 29)

Date of News Release: 01/30/12

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, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012.

Seven of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and five of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Carroll, Clay, Hardin, Jefferson, Knott, McCracken, and Pike counties. Crashes in Jefferson and McCracken counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.

One pedestrian involved fatal crash occurred in Bell County.

Through Jan. 29, 2012, preliminary statistics* indicate that 46 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 6 more fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 41 motor vehicle fatalities and 23 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Five of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. One crash involved a motorcycle and that victim was wearing a helmet. Four crashes involved a pedestrian. Seven deaths 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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