Six Die on Kentucky Roadways During Four-Day July 4th Holiday Period

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Preliminary statistics indicate that six people died in six separate crashes on Kentucky roadways during the four-day July 4th Holiday period, Thursday July 3 (6:00pm) through Sunday, July 6 (11:59 pm).

Three of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and one of those victims was not wearing a seat belt. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Graves, Harlan and Union counties. One of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Two ATV fatalities occurred and both involved the suspected use of alcohol. The crashes occurred in Hopkins and Pike counties. Neither victim was wearing a helmet. One motorcycle fatality occurred in Jefferson County.

Through July 6, preliminary statistics indicate that 379 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2008. This is 56 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007. Of the 296 motor vehicle fatalities, 186 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 38 motorcycle fatalities, 21 were not wearing helmets. Thirteen people have been killed in ATV crashes and twelve of those victims were not wearing helmets. Thirty-one pedestrians have been killed. A total of 74 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. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

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