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Eleven people die on Kentucky roads over the Christmas holiday

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According to Kentucky State Police, preliminary statistics indicate that 11 people died in five separate crashes on Kentucky roadways during the Christmas holiday. The period beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, extending through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012.

The crashes occurred in Christian, Clark, Jefferson, Knox, and Pike counties. Six of the 11 victims were not wearing seat belts. Alcohol played a role in the Christian, Knox and Pike county crashes.

Preliminary statistics indicate that 729 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2012. This is 16 more fatalities than reported for 2011. Of the 578 motor vehicle fatalities, 317 of those victims were not wearing seat belts.

Of the 76 crashes involving a motorcycle, 39 victims were not wearing helmets. Of the 14 crashes involving an ATV, 12 victims were not wearing helmets.

A total of 139 fatalities have resulted from crashes involving the suspected use of alcohol.

More information about Kentucky crashes can be found on the KSP website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/tip.htm.