Regional
9:01 am
Thu August 12, 2004

Traffic Deaths on the Rise in Kentucky

Frankfort, KY – Authorities say the number of traffic deaths in Kentucky
is increasing, even as national totals decline. At the
current rate, Kentucky could top the 931 deaths in the
state last year.

2003 was the deadliest year on state roads in thirty
years. In a report issued this week, the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration touted reduced traffic deaths
in the U-S for 2003, when more than 42 thousand people
died. Police say one way deaths on Kentucky highways
could be reduced is through tougher seat belt laws.

Several fatal accidents in the state in recent weeks have
involved individuals who weren't wearing seat belts at
the time of their accidents. The Kentucky State Police say
intoxicated drivers and excessive speed are also
contributing to the fatality statistics.