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Thirteen Die on Kentucky Roadways During Memorial Day Holiday

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* show that 13 people died in 10 separate crashes on Kentucky´s roadways during the 2004 Memorial Day holiday. The number of fatalities increased by seven from the 2003 holiday period during which six people died in three crashes.

Of the 10 fatal Memorial Day holiday crashes, preliminary data indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in four of the crashes. Only three of the 13 victims were wearing seat belts.

One triple fatality crash occurred in Madison County. A double fatality crash occurred in Jackson County and single vehicle crashes occurred in Adair, Greenup, Hardin, Montgomery, Shelby and Woodford counties. One fatality involved a bicycle in Jefferson County and one involved a motorcycle in Anderson County.

The official Memorial Day holiday period ran from 6 p.m. Friday, May 28, 2004 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 31, 2004. All statistics are from that time period.

The "Buckle Up Kentucky. It´s the Law and it´s Enforced" campaign runs through midnight on Sunday, June 6, 2004. Traffic safety checkpoints as well as saturation patrols will continue throughout this period with special emphasis on seat belt violations, speeding and impaired driving.

*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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