Preliminary statistics indicate fourteen people died in eleven separate crashes on Kentucky's roads during the official Memorial Day holiday period, which began at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 25 and ended at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 28.
State Police say four single-fatality crashes involved motor vehicles and three of the victims were not wearing seat belts. These crashes occurred in Barren, Harrison, Perry and Russell counties. Three double-fatality crashes occurred in Harrison, Ohio, and Wayne counties. Crashes in Harrison and Ohio counties involved motor vehicles and none of the victims were wearing seat belts. The crash in Wayne County involved a motorcycle and neither victim was wearing a helmet. Police say the suspected use of alcohol was a factor in all three of these double fatality crashes.
Four single-fatality crashes involved motorcycles. Crashes occurred in Boone, Breathitt, Lewis and Scott counties. In those crashes state police say two of the victims were not wearing helmets.
Through May 28, police say preliminary statistics indicate that 285 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roads during 2012. This is 39 more than reported for the same time period in 2011.
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