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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eight Die on Kentucky Roadways (August 13 through August 19)

Date of News Release: 08/20/12

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's roadways from Monday, Aug, 13 through Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.

Six of the victims were traveling in motor vehicles and four were not wearing seat belts. Two of the fatalities occurred in Jefferson County. One fatality occurred in each of the following counties: Fayette, Owsley, Pike and Spencer.

One fatality was the result of a motorcycle crash in Whitley County.

One pedestrian was killed in Jefferson County in a crash involving the use of alcohol.

Through Aug. 19, preliminary statistics* indicate that 460 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 16 more than reported for this time period in 2011. Of the 363 motor vehicle fatalities, 206 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 54 motorcycle fatalities, 27 were not wearing a helmet. Three of the four ATV fatalities were not wearing a helmet. Thirty-six pedestrians, one scooter/moped rider and two bicycle riders have been killed. A total of 74 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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