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Preliminary statistics indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010.
Four of the crashes involved motor vehicles and three victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Grayson, Jefferson, Madison and Perry counties. The crash in Perry County involved the suspected use of alcohol.
One ATV involved fatal crash occurred in Logan County and the victim was not wearing a helmet.
Four pedestrian involved fatalities occurred in Christian, Jefferson (two) and Pike counties.
Through Dec. 12, preliminary statistics indicate that 722 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 34 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009.
There were 561 motor vehicle fatalities and 299 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Seventy-nine of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Fifty-eight pedestrians and six bicyclists have been killed. Seventy-nine fatalities involved a motorcycle and 16 fatalities involved an ATV. Two fatalities involved a scooter.
A total of 147 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 (FARS).
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.