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Thanksgiving Holiday Traffic Deaths Equal To Last Year


Date of Release: 11/29/04

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* show that 11 people died in 11 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways during the four-day 2004 Thanksgiving holiday. This figure equals the fatalities recorded during the Thanksgiving holiday period last year.

Of the 11 fatal Thanksgiving holiday crashes, preliminary data indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in five of the crashes. Seven of the victims were not wearing seat belts. One crash involved a pedestrian fatality.

Two of the crashes occurred in Jefferson County. The other crashes occurred in Bell, Hart, Laurel, Lyon. Marshall, Muhlenberg, Pulaski, Warren and Woodford counties.

The official Thanksgiving holiday period ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 24 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 28, 2004. All statistics are from that time period.

The 2004 Kentucky highway fatality count currently stands at 863. This is three more than at this same time in 2003. At the current rate, Kentucky could surpass the 931 fatalities recorded in 2003, making it one of the deadliest years for highway fatalities in Kentucky history.

*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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