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Preliminary statistics* indicate that 16 people died in 14 separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, July 2 through Sunday, July 8, 2012.
Thirteen of the victims were traveling in motor vehicles. Seven were not wearing seat belts. Two of the fatalities were the result of crashes involving alcohol.
Two of the fatalities were riding motorcycles. Neither was wearing a helmet and alcohol was involved in both crashes.
One of the fatalities was a pedestrian and alcohol was involved.
One triple-fatality crash occurred in Whitley County. Two single-fatality crashes occurred in Pulaski County and two in Laurel County. Single-fatality crashes also occurred in each of the following counties: Carter, Clay, Floyd, Grayson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Logan, Pike and Trigg counties.
Through July 8, preliminary statistics* indicate that 386 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 36 more than reported for this time period in 2011. Of the 314 motor vehicle fatalities, 176 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 41 motorcycle fatalities, 21 were not wearing a helmet. Two of the three ATV fatalities were not wearing a helmet. Twenty-seven pedestrians have been killed and one bicycle rider. A total of 67 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.