Fatalities on Ky. highways at a 64 year low

KENTUCKY (FOX19) - Fatalities on Kentucky highways are at a 64 year low, according to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety. The state has seen a 14 percent reduction in deaths over 2012.

KOHS released the 2013 statistics on Tuesday. There were 638 fatalities last year, a dramatic improvement from 746 fatalities in 2012.

"The good news is that 108 fewer lives were lost," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "The bad news is that 638 people lost loved ones on Kentucky roadways – a number that is unacceptable, as one fatality is too many."

Beshear says he 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 motor vehicles. Of those killed, 245 were not buckled up and 138 of fatalities involved drugs or alcohol. Motorcyclists accounted for 79 fatalities, with 53 not wearing helmets.

For more information, visit www.highwaysafety.ky.gov.

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