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Seven Die On Kentucky Roadways During Memorial Day Holiday Period

Date of Release: 05/31/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* show that Memorial Day holiday traffic fatalities decreased by 56 percent as compared to last year's figures. Seven people died as a result of seven separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from 6 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2005 through 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 30, 2005. The number of fatalities decreased by nine from the 2004 holiday period during which 16 people died in 13 crashes.

Of the seven fatal 2005 Memorial Day holiday crashes, preliminary data indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in three of the crashes. Five of the seven victims were not wearing seat belts. One was riding a motorcycle.

Single fatality crashes occurred in Boyd, Breckinridge, Carter, Hancock, Madison, Powell and Rowan counties.

"The impact of concentrated law enforcement efforts and safety messages delivered by the media contributed to this dramatic decrease," notes Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark Miller. "However, as of May 30, 2005, there have been 343* people killed in traffic crashes in the state this year. That's seven more than during the same time period in 2004 and that's still seven too many. If motorists would slow down, buckle up and not drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol, this increasing number of needless deaths could be reduced substantially."

The "Buckle Up Kentucky. It's the Law and it's Enforced" campaign runs through midnight on Sunday, June 5, 2005. Traffic safety checkpoints as well as saturation patrols will continue throughout this period with special emphasis on seat belt violations, speeding and impaired driving.

*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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