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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

One Death on Kentucky Roadways Over Christmas Holiday

Date of News Release: 12/27/10

A staged photo of a Trooper at a grave yard(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Preliminary statistics* indicate that one person died in a crash during the Christmas holiday enforcement period (Thursday, December 23 through Sunday, December 26, 2010). Last year there were three highway fatalities during the same enforcement period.

The crash involved a motor vehicle and the victim was not wearing a seat belt. The crash occurred in Warren County.

Through December 26, preliminary statistics* indicate that 740 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is 42 less fatalities than reported for the same time period in 2009. There were 578 motor vehicle fatalities and 211 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Eighty-one of those crashes involved a commercial motor vehicle. Fifty-nine pedestrians and six bicyclists have been killed. Two fatal crashes involved a scooter. Seventy-nine fatalities involved a motorcycle and sixteen fatalities involved an ATV. A total of 151 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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