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15 Die on Kentucky Roadways Last Week


Preliminary statistics* indicate that 15 people died in 11 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.

Eleven of the victims were traveling in motor vehicles and six were not wearing seat belts.

One triple fatality crash occurred in Fulton County and involved the use of alcohol. All three victims were not wearing seat belts.

One double fatality crash and one single fatality crash occurred in Carter County. The victim in the single fatality crash was not wearing a seat belt.

One single fatality crash also occurred in each of the following counties: Jefferson, Magoffin, Morgan, Pike and Shelby. The victims in Magoffin and Morgan counties were not wearing seat belts.

Three fatalities were the result of a motorcycle crashes. One double fatality crash occurred in Hopkins County. One single fatality crash occurred in Clinton County and the victim was not wearing a helmet.

One fatality was the result of an ATV crash in Calloway County. The victim was not wearing a helmet.

Through Sept. 30, preliminary statistics* indicate that 543 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is six more than reported for this time period in 2011. Of the 420 motor vehicle fatalities, 238 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 65 motorcycle fatalities, 33 were not wearing a helmet. Ten of the 11 ATV fatalities were not wearing a helmet. Forty-two pedestrians, one scooter/moped rider and four bicycle riders have been killed. A total of 95 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).

SOURCE: Kentucky State Police