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Sergeant Michael B. Webb
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Five Die on Roadways During Christmas Holiday Period

(FRANKFORT, KY) - Preliminary statistics* show that five people died in five separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways this Christmas holiday. The number of fatalities is up from the 2002 holiday period during which two people died in two crashes.

Of the five fatal Christmas holiday crashes, preliminary data indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in three of the accidents. Four of the victims were not wearing a seat belt.

Two of the crashes occurred in Barren county. The other crashes occurred in Allen, Hardin and Jefferson counties.

The official Christmas holiday period ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 24, 2003 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 28, 2003. All statistics are from that time period.

The increase in fatalities over the holiday period is due in part to the longer holiday period as compared to 2002. Last year, the holiday period was only two days long.

The Kentucky State Police will continue targeting occupant protection, including child safety seat violations, impaired drivers and speed violators, the three biggest contributors to highway fatalities, through the New Year holiday.

Citizens can help save lives during the holidays by reporting suspected impaired drivers to KSP toll free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Caller identification is not required, but direction of travel, suspected vehicle description and license number is helpful.

*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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