FRANKFORT - Preliminary statistics indicate that nine people died in nine separate crashes on Kentucky roads during the Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period (Wednesday, Nov. 26 - Sunday, Nov. 30), according to Kentucky State Police.
Last year, there were 10 fatalities during the same time period.
Seven of the fatalities involved motor vehicles and four of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Two of the crashes involved the suspected use of alcohol. Two of the holiday fatalities involved pedestrians.
Through Nov. 30, preliminary statistics indicate that 738 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roads this year. This is 63 fewer than reported for this time period in 2007.
Of the 563 motor vehicle fatalities, 356 victims were not wearing seat belts. Of the 87 motorcycle fatalities, 52 were not wearing helmets. Twenty-four people have been killed in ATV crashes and 22 of those were not wearing helmets. Fifty-four pedestrians have been killed. A total of 155 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.