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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Nine Die During Memorial Day Holiday Period

Date of News Release: 05/27/08

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways during the Memorial Day holiday period, which began at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 23 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 26. Three of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and two of those were not wearing seat belts. The motor vehicle crashes occurred in Barren, Boone and Fayette counties. Alcohol was the suspected factor in one of the crashes.

There were four ATV fatalities during the holiday period. Three of the fatalities were not wearing helmets and three of the four fatalities were minors. The ATV collisions occurred in Floyd, Harlan, Pike and Rockcastle counties. One motorcycle fatality occurred in McCracken county. A pedestrian fatality occurred in Fayette county.

During the 2007 Memorial Day period there were 8 fatalities in eight separate crashes.

Through May 26 , preliminary statistics* indicate that 293 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 44 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 233 motor vehicle fatalities, 1 49 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 24 motorcycle fatalities, thirteen were not wearing helmets. Eight people have been killed in ATV crashes and 7 of those were not wearing helmets. Twenty- seven pedestrians have been killed. A total of 52 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

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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