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Mon February 20, 2012
The Commonwealth

Weekend Crashes Deadly on Roadways

Preliminary statistics indicate that five people died in five separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, Feb. 19. All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and three victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Breckinridge, Floyd, Henderson, Madison and Washington counties. The crash in Henderson County involved the suspected use of alcohol, according to a KSP press release.

The statistics are preliminary because they may not reflect totals from the reporting period.

Through Feb. 19, preliminary statistics indicate that 77 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is five fewer fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2011. There have been 69 motor vehicle fatalities and 38 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Seven of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Two crashes involved a motorcycle and one victim was not wearing a helmet. Two crashes involved an ATV and one victim was not wearing a helmet. Four crashes involved a pedestrian. Thirteen 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.