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Seven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week (Dec. 26, 2005 through Jan. 1, 2006)
Four Fatalities Reported During New Year's Holiday Period

Date of News Release: 01/03/2006

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Dec. 26, 2005 through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006.

Of the seven fatal crashes, preliminary data* indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in three of the crashes and four of the victims were not wearing seat belts. One of the victims was riding a motorcycle and wearing a helmet.

Single fatality crashes occurred in Franklin, Fleming, Floyd, Hart, Letcher, Perry and Scott counties.

Four highway fatalities were reported during the New Year's holiday period, which started at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2. Three of those fatalities were not wearing seat belts and three involved the use of alcohol. Compared to the three-day 2004-2005 New Year's holiday, there were four fewer fatalities during the 2005-2006 holiday period.

From Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2005, a total of 968* people lost their lives on Kentucky roadways. This is three more than in 2004. Five hundred and forty-four of these 968 fatalities were not wearing seat belts. A total of 234 of these fatalities involved the 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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