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Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Deaths Increase from Last Year

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) -Preliminary statistics* show that eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky´s roadways during the four-day Thanksgiving holiday. The number of fatalities increased from the 2002 holiday period during which three people died in three crashes.

Of the eight fatal Thanksgiving holiday crashes, preliminary data indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in three of the crashes. Six of the victims were not wearing seat belts.

The single fatality crashes occurred in Barren, Boone, Carter, Hart, Jefferson, Powell, Trimble and Warren counties.

The official Thanksgiving holiday period ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 26 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 30, 2003. All statistics are from that time period.

The 2003 Kentucky highway fatality count currently stands at 848. This represents an increase of 11 deaths when compared to this same time in 2002. At the current rate, Kentucky could surpass 900 fatalities for 2003, making this year one of the deadliest in Kentucky history.

*These statistics are still preliminary as KSP waits for all local law enforcement agencies to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas.

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