Transportation officials say 635 people died on Kentucky roadways last year, but that number is dramatically down from the year before. Not since 1949 – some 64 years ago – have Kentucky roads been so safe. It’s a drastic turnaround from 2012 when the state saw nearly 750 deaths on the roads.
Kentucky’s Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock says he’s encouraged by the reduction in fatalities but still “firmly believes that one fatality is too many”.
Hancock says troopers will continue to focus on encouraging seat belt use and reducing drunk driving, the two leading causes of traffic fatalities. In Tennessee, meantime, roadway fatalities fell by more than two percent last year.
Kentucky's top transportation official has told the National Transportation Safety Board that navigation lights on bridges are working properly and that workers who inspect and maintain the lights are properly trained.
The annual seat belt enforcement campaign known as "Click it or Ticket" officially gets underway on May 21st. Law enforcement officials hope to help save lives by cracking down on those who fail to use their seat belts. Law enforcement officials in Kentucky say about 58 percent of the people killed on the state's roadways in recent months weren't wearing seat belts at the time of their accidents. Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock says the state "undoubtedly experiences far too many fatalities that could have been avoided with the simple use of a seat belt."