Eleven die on Kentucky roadways last week
by TONY MCGUIRE Sports Editor
FRANKFORT Preliminary statistics* indicate that eleven people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky roadwaysfrom Monday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010.
Ten of the crashes involved motor vehicles and four victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Green, Laurel (2) and Spencer counties. The crashes in Carlisle and Laurel counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.
A triple fatality crash occurred in Franklin County and one of the victims was wearing a seat belt. One victim was a child and was secured in a car seat at the time of the crash.
One pedestrian fatality occurred in Hardin County.
ThroughDecember 5, preliminary statistics* indicate that 712 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is24 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009.There were 556motor vehicle fatalities and 295 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Seventy-seven of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Fifty-four pedestrians and six bicyclists have been killed. Seventy-nine fatalities involved a motorcycle and fifteen fatalities involved an ATV. Two fatalities involved a scooter. A total ofone hundred forty-five 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. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).
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