Eight Highway Deaths During July 4th Holiday Weekend

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By The Staff

Preliminary statistics indicate that eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky roadways during the four-day July 4th Holiday period, Thursday, July 2 (6 p.m.) through Sunday, July 5, (11:59 p.m.)

Four of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and none of those victims were wearing seat belts. Motor vehicle crashes occurred in Bullitt, Clark, Davies and Mercer counties. Two of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol.

Three motorcycle fatalities occurred and two of those victims were not wearing helmets. Motorcycle crashes occurred in Clark, Garrard and Whitley counties.

One pedestrian fatality occurred in Hopkins County and the suspected use of alcohol is considered a factor in that death.

Through July 5, preliminary statistics indicate that 387 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2009. This is three less deaths than reported for the same time period in 2008.

There were 324 motor vehicle fatalities and 180 of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Eighteen pedestrians have been killed.

Thirty-nine fatalities involved a motorcycle and five fatalities involved an ATV. A total of 88 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

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.

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.