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Highway Fatalities Down During Thanksgiving Holiday Period

Date of Release: 11/28/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that 11 people died in 10 separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways during the 2005 Thanksgiving holiday period, which ran from 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 23 to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27. That's five fewer fatalities than were reported during last year's holiday.

Of the 10 fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in two of the crashes and seven of the victims were not wearing seat belts. One of the fatalities was a pedestrian.

Martin County reported one double fatality crash. Crittenden County reported two single fatality crashes. Single fatality crashes also occurred in Breathitt, Clay, Fleming, Harrison, Jefferson, Johnson, and Laurel counties.

Through Nov. 27, 2005, a total of 888* people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is four more than reported for this time period in 2004. Five hundred of the 888 fatalities were not wearing seat belts.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free 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 throughout the state to report any crashes and fatalities that may have occurred in their areas.

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