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Five Die On Kentucky Roadways During Memorial Day Holiday Period

Date of News Release: 05/29/2007

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that five people died in five separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways during the Memorial Day holiday period, which began at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 28.

Three of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and two of the victims were not wearing seat belts. One victim was operating an ATV and not wearing a helmet. One pedestrian was killed. One of the fatalities was the result of a crash that involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Single-fatality crashes occurred in Fayette, Pike, Pulaski, Owen and Todd counties.

During the 2006 Memorial Day holiday period, there were 14 crashes on Kentucky roadways resulting in 16 fatalities. Nine of the victims were not wearing seat belts and two were the result of crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

Through May 28, preliminary statistics* indicate that 322 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is seven fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 273 motor vehicle fatalities, 163 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 20 motorcycle fatalities, 10 were not wearing helmets. Of the 14 ATV fatalities, 13 were not wearing helmets. Fifteen pedestrians have been killed and a total of 79 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 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). 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.

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