Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kentucky highway fatalities dropped to a 64-year low in 2013. That's a 14 percent reduction in deaths over 2012.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety released the numbers Tuesday for 2013. There were 638 fatalities last year. There were 746 in 2012.

Gov. Beshear’s Executive Committee on Highway Safety has a strategic highway safety plan titled “Toward Zero Deaths,” which focuses on four critical elements: engineering, education, enforcement and emergency response.

Of the 638 fatalities last year, 483 were in cars.  245 were not buckled, and 138 involved drugs or alcohol. Motorcyclists accounted for 79 fatalities, with 53 not wearing helmets.

The KOHS offers various highway safety educational programs to the public, distributes federal highway safety grants to state and local highway safety agencies, and promotes the national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving campaign and the new “U Text. U Drive. U Pay” texting while driving campaign.