Preliminary statistics indicate that seven people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways during the Labor Day holiday period from 6 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Monday.Preliminary data indicates alcohol was a suspected factor in three of the seven crashes. Six of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and one pedestrian was killed. Three of the six motor vehicle victims were not wearing seat belts.
The motor vehicle crashes occurred in Christian, Clark, Knott, Lawrence, Monroe and Pulaski counties. The pedestrian fatality occurred in Christian County.
Through Sept. 4, a total of 595 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways this year. This is 42 fewer than were reported for this time period in 2005. Of the 491 motor vehicle fatalities, 319 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 62 motorcycle victims, 38 were not wearing helmets. There have been 35 pedestrian fatalities.
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.