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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Eighteen Die On Kentucky Roadways (7/12 - 7/18)

Date of News Release: 07/19/10

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that eighteen people died in sixteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, July 12, through Sunday, July 18, 2010.

Eleven of the crashes involved motor vehicles and eight of the victims were not wearing a seat belt. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Carter, Clay, Harrison, Jefferson, McCracken, Union and Washington counties.

Two separate double-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Hardin and Jefferson counties.

Four separate fatal motorcycle involved crashes occurred in Fayette, Graves, Jefferson and Whitley counties. One victim was wearing a helmet.

Three pedestrian involved fatal crashes occurred in Gallatin and Jefferson (2) counties and the suspected use of alcohol was a factor in both Jefferson County crashes.

Through July 18 preliminary statistics* indicate that 383 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 42 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 305 motor vehicle fatalities and 154 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Forty-five of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Thirty-one fatal crashes involved a pedestrian and 1 involved a scooter. Thirty-six crashes involved a motorcycle and twenty of those victims were not wearing helmets. Eight crashes involved an ATV and six victims were not wearing helmets. Two crashes involved a bicycle. A total of 86 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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