At least nine people died in eight vehicle crashes in Kentucky over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, state police reported Tuesday.
The Thanksgiving holiday enforcement period was Nov. 24 through Nov. 28. Last year, there were eight fatalities during the same period, police said in a news release.
Single-fatality crashes occurred in Hancock, Owsley, Rowan, Shelby and Trigg Counties. Two single-fatality crashes were reported in Marshall County.
Two people were killed in one crash in Oldham County, and both victims were wearing seat belts. Four victims of this year's fatal crashes were not wearing seat belts, the release said.
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Alcohol was thought be a factor in the crashes in Marshall and Owsley counties, police said.
Through Nov. 28, preliminary statistics indicate that 695 people have died on Kentucky roadways this year, 24 less than reported for the same period in 2009.
Police asked motorists to report erratic drivers anonymously by calling 1-800-222-5555.