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Six Die on Roadways During Memorial Day Holiday -
Down One from Last Year

(Richmond, KY) -  Preliminary statistics* show that six people died in three separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways this Memorial Day Holiday. The number of fatalities decreased by one from the 2002 holiday period during which seven people died in six crashes.

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

A triple fatality crash occurred in Carter County. A double fatality crash occurred in Bracken County and a single vehicle crash occurred in Bath County.

The official Memorial Day holiday period ran from 6 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2003 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 26, 2003. All statistics are from that time period.

The "Buckle Up Kentucky. It's the Law and it's Enforced" campaign will continue through midnight on Sunday, June 1, 2003. Traffic safety checkpoints as well as saturation patrols will continue being conducted throughout the enforcement campaign.

*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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