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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Nine Deaths on Kentucky Roadways During Thanksgiving Holiday

Date of News Release: 11/29/10

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period (Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010). Last year there were eight highway fatalities during the same time period.

All of the crashes involved motor vehicles and four victims were not wearing seat belts. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Hancock, Marshall (2), Owsley, Rowan, Shelby and Trigg counties. The crashes in Marshall and Owsley counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.

A double fatality crash occurred in Oldham County and both victims were wearing seatbelts.

Through November 28, preliminary statistics* indicate that 695 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 24 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 541 motor vehicle fatalities and 288 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. One hundred forty-one of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Fifty-three pedestrians and six bicyclists have been killed. Seventy-eight fatalities involved a motorcycle and fifteen fatalities involved an ATV. Two fatalities involved a scooter. A total of one hundred forty-one 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. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

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