Eight die on state roadways

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Preliminary statistics* indicate that eight people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Jan. 9, through Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012.
Seven of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and four of the victims were not wearing seatbelts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Adair, Carter, Jefferson (2), and Muhlenberg counties. Crashes in Carter and Jefferson counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.
One double-fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Pike County.
One pedestrian involved fatal crash occurred in Jefferson County.
Through Jan. 15, 2012, preliminary statistics* indicate that 22 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is seven more fatalities than was reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 20 motor vehicle fatalities and 11 of those victims were not wearing seatbelts. Four of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. One crash involved a motorcycle and that victim was wearing a helmet. One crash was a pedestrian-involved fatality. Three deaths 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. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).