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8 Die on Kentucky Roadways Last Week


Preliminary statistics* indicate that eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.

Single fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in each of the following counties: Christian, Clay, Henderson, Laurel, Marshall, Ohio and Spencer. Four of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Two of the crashes involved the use of alcohol.

One pedestrian was killed in Boyle County.

Through Oct. 21, preliminary statistics* indicate that 568 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 25 fewer than reported for this time period in 2011. Of the 439 motor vehicle fatalities, 250 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 67 motorcycle fatalities, 35 were not wearing a helmet. Eleven of the 13 ATV fatalities were not wearing a helmet. Forty-four pedestrians, one scooter/moped rider and four bicycle riders have been killed. A total of 100 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: press release