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Preliminary statistics* indicate that 15 people died in 15 separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, July 9 through Sunday, July 15, 2012.
Fourteen of the victims were traveling in motor vehicles. Nine were not wearing seat belts. Two of the fatalities were the result of crashes involving alcohol.
One fatality was the result of a motorcycle crash and was not wearing a helmet.
Three single fatality crashes occurred in Boone County and three in Jefferson County. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in each of the following counties: Boyd, Calloway, Carroll, Crittenden, Daviess, Lawrence, Lincoln, Owen and Whitley counties.
Through July 15, preliminary statistics* indicate that 406 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 45 more than reported for this time period in 2011. Of the 331 motor vehicle fatalities, 186 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 43 motorcycle fatalities, 22 were not wearing a helmet. Two of the three ATV fatalities were not wearing a helmet. Twenty-eight pedestrians have been killed and one bicycle rider. A total of 69 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.