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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

Six Die During Memorial Day Holiday Period

Date of News Release: 06/01/10

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that six people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways during the official Memorial Day holiday period, which began at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 31.

Four of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and two of those were not wearing seat belts. The motor vehicle crashes occurred in Clark, Hopkins, Morgan, and Oldham counties.

One crash involved a motorcycle in Rowan County and the victim was not wearing a helmet. An ATV fatal crash occurred in Breathitt County and the victim was not wearing a helmet. The suspected use of alcohol was a factor in the ATV crash.

Through May 31, preliminary statistics* indicate that 253 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2010. This is 72 less than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 210 motor vehicle fatalities and 111 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Twenty-four pedestrians have been killed. Fourteen fatalities involved a motorcycle, 1 involved a scooter and three involved an ATV. Thirty-two crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. A total of sixty 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. Crash data for this report is generated from the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

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