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Christmas Holiday Traffic Deaths Down From Last Year

Date of Release: 12/28/04

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* show that two people died in two separate crashes on Kentucky´s roadways during the two-day 2004 Christmas holiday. This figure is down substantially from the six fatalities recorded during the four-day Christmas holiday period last year.

Of the two fatal Christmas holiday crashes, which occurred in Pulaski and Harlan counties, preliminary data indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in both of the crashes. Only one of the two victims was wearing a seat belt.

The official Christmas holiday period ran from 6 p.m. Friday, December 24 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 26, 2004. All statistics* are from that time period.

As of December 27, the 2004 Kentucky highway fatality count currently stands at 951. This is 28 more than at this same time in 2003 and 20 more than the total number of highway fatalities in 2003.

The 2004 New Year´s holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 31 and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 2, 2005. The Kentucky State Police will again be coordinating their traffic enforcement efforts with local police and sheriff´s offices during this time period. Saturation road patrols and traffic safety checkpoints will be employed to combat the three key causes of traffic fatalities: speeding, impaired driving and failure to use seat belts.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety during the holiday period by reporting erratic, impaired or speeding drivers to the KSP toll-free hotline 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 to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas.

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