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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Ten Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Feb. 27 through Mar. 4)

Date of News Release: 03/05/12

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that ten people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Feb. 27, through Sunday, Mar. 4, 2012.

Nine of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and six victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Boyd, Breathitt, Floyd, Larue, Laurel, McCracken and Oldham counties. Crashes in Boyd and McCracken counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.

One double fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Whitley County.

One fatality involved a pedestrian and occurred in Owsley County.

Through Mar. 5, 2012, preliminary statistics* indicate that 102 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 4 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 91 motor vehicle fatalities and 50 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Ten of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Two crashes involved a motorcycle and one victim was not wearing a helmet. Two crashes involved an ATV and one victim was not wearing a helmet. Seven crashes involved a pedestrian. Sixteen 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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