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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Alcohol Plays a Major Factor in Labor Day Weekend Crashes

Date of News Release: 09/08/09

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that 27 people died in twenty-six separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Aug. 31 through Monday, Sept. 7, 2009. Eight of these crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Ten of the fatalities occurred during the official Labor Day Holiday period (Sept. 4 at 6:00 p.m. through Sept. 7 at 11:59 p.m.) Five of the holiday crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Five of the holiday weekend crashes involved motor vehicles and one was a double-fatality that occurred in Woodford county. Single-fatality crashes occurred in Anderson, Carroll, Meade and Montgomery counties. Three of those victims were not wearing seat belts.

Two motorcycle fatalities occurred and neither victim was wearing a helmet. These crashes occurred in Christian and Daviess counties.

Two pedestrian fatalities occurred over the holiday weekend with one in Hopkins county and the other in Jefferson county. The Hopkins county incident involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Through Sept. 7, preliminary statistics* indicate that 534 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 5 fewer than reported for this time period in 2008. Of the 432 motor vehicle fatalities, 234 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 64 motorcycle fatalities, 39 were not wearing helmets. Ten people have been killed in ATV crashes and 9 of those were not wearing helmets. Twenty-five pedestrians have been killed. A total of 120 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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