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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Twelve Highway Deaths On Kentucky Roads Last Week (Jan 26 - Feb 1, 2009)

Date of News Release: 02/02/09

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that twelve people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, January 26 through Sunday, February 1, 2009.

All of the crashes involved motor vehicles and five of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The seat belt status of three victims is unknown at this time. Single-vehicle crashes occurred in Anderson, Carter (2), Jefferson, Ohio and Wayne counties.

Two triple-fatality crashes occurred in Lincoln and Warren county. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Lincoln county crash.

Through February 1, preliminary statistics* indicate that 55 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 8 fewer than reported for this time period in 2008. Of the 52 motor vehicle fatalities, 25 victims were not wearing seat belts. Three pedestrian have been killed. A total of 13 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.

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