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Two die on Kentucky roadways over Thanksgiving holiday

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Post 4 troopers arrest 8 for DUIs and respond to 19 collisions

By Sarah Bennett

State police have referred to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend as the deadliest time of year for drivers, and this year, two died on Kentucky roadways between Nov. 23 and 27.

The two fatal collisions occurred in Fayette and Mercer counties, and both victims failed to wear a seatbelt, according to a Kentucky State Police news release.

KSP statistics indicate nine motorists were killed on Kentucky roadways in 2010 over the same stretch.

In the KSP Post 4 area, there were 19 collisions over the holiday weekend, said Norman Chaffins, Post 4’s public affairs officer. None of those collisions resulted in a fatality, and he was unable to indicate which of these wrecks resulted in injuries.

Over the four-day weekend, state troopers issued 420 traffic-related citations in the Post 4 area, Chaffins said.

Of those, 176 were for speeding, 62 for failure to wear a seatbelt and three for failure to use a child restraint, he said.

Chaffins said Post 4 troopers arrested eight for DUIs.

These numbers are high compared to a “normal weekend,” he said, but are “about the same” for a holiday weekend.

State police preliminary statistics indicate 654 have died on Kentucky roadways in 2011, which is 52 less than reported for the same period in 2010, according to a news release.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.