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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

New Year's Eve Holiday Claims Four Highway Deaths

Date of News Release: 01/05/09

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that four people died in four separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways during the News Year's holiday period from 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. This is three less fatalities than during the 2007-2008 New Year's holiday period when seven people lost their lives in six crashes.

Preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in two of the four crashes. All of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts.

Preliminary statistics* indicate that a total of 816 people lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. Of the 633 motor vehicle fatalities, 393 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 89 motorcycle fatalities, 53 were not wearing helmets. Of the 23 ATV fatalities, 21 were not wearing helmets. There were 65 pedestrian fatalities and six bicycle fatalities. There were 175 fatalities as a result of alcohol-related crashes.

"There were 48* fewer highway fatalities in Kentucky during 2008 than in 2007, when a total of 864 people lost their lives in traffic crashes," notes KSP Commander, Sgt. David Jude. "The reduction in fatalities comes from a combined effort by enforcement and educational highway safety initiatives across the Commonwealth. We must remain vigilant with enforcement of the primary seat belt law to reduce the number of highway deaths in 2009."

"By using seat belts, lowering speeds, avoiding the use of alcohol and drugs while operating a motor vehicle and wearing a helmet while operating a motorcycle or ATV, we can further reduce needless deaths on Kentucky's roadways and make the state safer for everyone," added Jude

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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