Monday, April 4, 2016

Highway deaths up 13 percent in Kentucky in 2015

(AP) — Highway fatalities in Kentucky rose 13 percent last year compared with 2014.
The figures released Monday by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and Kentucky State Police show 761 fatalities occurred in 2015, compared to 672 a year earlier.

Officials say contributing factors to the increase are mild winter weather and lower gas prices during the last three months of the year that led to increased traveling on Kentucky roadways.

About half of the fatalities involved motorists who weren't using seat belts, while nearly 19 percent involved alcohol. More than one-third involved speeding or aggressive drivers.