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Initial Reports Show Three Less Fatalities for 2002
in Memorial Day Weekend Travel

(FRANKFORT, KY) - Preliminary statistics* show that seven people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways this Memorial Day Holiday. The number of fatalities decreased drastically from the 2001 holiday period during which ten people died in ten crashes.

Of the seven fatal Memorial Day holiday crashes, preliminary data indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in three of the crashes. Only one of the seven victims was wearing a safety belt.

Single fatality crashes occurred in Knox, Harlan, McLean, Fayette and Grant counties. A double fatality crash occurred in Rowan County.

The official Memorial Day holiday period ran from 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2002 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 27, 2002. All statistics are from that time period.

*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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