15 die on state highways Nov. 15-21

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Preliminary statistics indicate that 15 people died in 14 separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010.
Eleven of the crashes involved motor vehicles and seven of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Barren, Elliott, Fayette, Franklin, Grayson, Henry, Jefferson, Madison, Mason, Shelby and Whitley counties. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the Whitley County crash.
One fatal motorcycle crash occurred in Pulaski County and the victim was not wearing a helmet.
One fatal bicycle crash occurred in Jefferson County and the victim was not wearing a helmet.
One double fatality pedestrian involved crash occurred in Jefferson County. Both victims were pedestrians.
Through Nov. 21, preliminary statistics indicate that 678 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 23 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 524 motor vehicle fatalities and 279 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Seventy-four of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Fifty-three fatal crashes involved a pedestrian and two involved a scooter. Seventy-eight crashes involved a motorcycle and 45 of those victims were not wearing helmets. Fifteen crashes involved an ATV and 13 victims were not wearing helmets. Six crashes involved a bicycle. A total of 136 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.
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.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1(800) 222-5555.