There were 10 more fatalities on Kentucky highways in 2019 than in the previous year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety announced Monday.
Initial data indicates there were 734 fatalities last year compared to 724 in 2018, a 1.4% increase. A final report will be released in April.
“A single death is one too many,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “And our 2020 Recommended Highway Plan is our commitment to improving highway safety. Through this plan Gov. Andy Beshear calls for a historic $100 million investment in the Highway Safety Improvement Program and an aggressive move to install more than 100 miles of lifesaving guardrail across the commonwealth.”
So far this year, there have been 56 roadway fatalities — down 17 from this time last year.
While pleased with the current downward trend, KOHS Acting Director Jason Siwula says the agency is increasing efforts to encourage safe driving habits through localized media campaigns and partnerships, like Buckle Up, Phone Down, law enforcement blitzes and free-ride sharing promotions during the holidays.
“We must give credit to the drivers who chose to practice safe driving behaviors,” said Siwula. “We pledge to do our part, but it will take everyone — all citizens of Kentucky — to reach our goal of zero deaths on our roadways.”