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Eight Die On Kentucky Roadways During Thanksgiving Holiday Period
(November 21st from 6:00 p.m. through November 25th at 11:59 p.m.)

Date of News Release: 11/26/07

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday period from Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007.

All of the fatalities were traveling in motor vehicles and four of the victims were not wearing seat belts (the seat belt status of one of the victims is not known). Three of the fatalities were the result of crashes involving alcohol.

Single-fatality crashes occurred in Bourbon, Fayette, Graves, Hardin, Kenton, Lewis, Oldham and Warren counties.

Through Nov. 25, preliminary statistics* indicate that 773 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2007. This is 64 fewer than reported for this time period in 2006. Of the 601 motor vehicle fatalities, 354 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 91 motorcycle fatalities, 52 were not wearing helmets. Of the 24 ATV fatalities, 20 were not wearing helmets. Thirty-eight pedestrians and one bicyclist have been killed. A total of 183 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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