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Preliminary statistics indicate that fifteen people died in fifteen separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, July 20 through Sunday, July 26, 2009.
Thirteen of the crashes involved motor vehicles and seven of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Breckinridge, Christian, Daviess, Franklin (2), Gallatin, Graves (2), Hardin, Jefferson, Marion and Spencer counties. Two of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.
Two motorcycle-involved fatalities occurred and one of those victims was not wearing a helmet and one crash involved the suspected use of alcohol. Motorcycle crashes occurred in Hardin and Jefferson counties.
Through July 26, preliminary statistics* indicate that 430 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 3 more fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2008. There were 356 motor vehicle fatalities and 196 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Eighteen pedestrians have been killed. Forty-eight fatalities involved a motorcycle and seven fatalities involved an ATV. A total of ninety-five 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. 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.