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Four Die on Kentucky Roadways During New Year's Holiday

(FRANKFORT, KY) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that four people died in four separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways this New Year's holiday. This is a decrease of one fatality from the two-day 2002-2003 holiday period during which five people died in four crashes.

Of the four fatal New Year's holiday crashes, preliminary data indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in one of the accidents and one of the victims was not wearing a seat belt.

The single fatality crashes occurred in Boone, Henderson, Jefferson and Pulaski counties.

The official New Year's holiday period ran from 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2003 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 4, 2004. All statistics are from that time period.

Preliminary information indicates that 917 people were killed on Kentucky roadways in 2003, the same number that lost their lives in 2002. This number could rise over the next 30 days as law enforcement agencies continue to report crashes.

*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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