Ky. highway fatalities lowest in 64 years

KENTUCKY (FOX19) - Highway fatalities in the state of Kentucky have declined in 2013 to their lowest level in 64 years.

Preliminary figures from the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety indicates that 635 lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during the year. This number is down from 746 in 2012.

This year's number was the lowest total since 1949, when 573 fatalities were reported.

Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, who is Gov. Steve Beshear's designated representative for highway safety, said saving lives and reducing serious injuries is a top priority of the administration.

"We are encouraged by the reduction in fatalities, but firmly believe that one fatality is too many," Hancock said. "The Governor's Executive Committee on Highway Safety is committed to providing direction on traffic safety issues as we move 'Toward Zero Deaths' on Kentucky's roadways."

KOHS Director Bill Bell said there were 75 days in 2013 that had zero fatalities.

The figures will remain classified as preliminary until all highway crash data is collected. A final report is expected by April.

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