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Kentucky Sees Decline In Roadway Fatalities In 2017

Posted On January 11, 2018

By Travis Thayer

(Frankfort, Ky.) – Kentucky motorists are being praised for helping to reduce highway fatalities in 2017.

According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and Kentucky State Police (KSP), the number of highway fatalities in the Commonwealth declined in 2017 to 770, down from 834 in 2016.

The KOHS says this is Kentucky’s first roadway fatality decrease since 2013, when 638 fatalities were recorded.

“We are encouraged by the reduction in fatalities and want the traveling public to know they’ve done a great job in helping our efforts to save lives,” said Dr. Noelle Hunter, KOHS Executive Director.

The data released on Thursday will remain classified as preliminary until all highway data is collected, and a final report will be released in April.

The KOHS encourages motorists to slow down, always wear a seat belt and never drive drunk or distracted.