KSP Says 2013 Has Had Record Low Number of Traffic Fatalities

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

"In 2006, when the mandatory seatbelt law came into effect, we had a seat belt usage of 67.2 percent.  We are currently at 85 percent, so I don't know if it's the $25 fines that are starting to have people put their seat belts on, but obviously it's working and it's saving lives," said Tpr. Biven.

 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Kentucky is currently on track to have the lowest number of traffic-related fatalities since 1947. Kentucky State Police say they hope to keep that number low throughout the new year by stepping up patrols, and educating drivers.

"We're going to have troopers and detectives out doing directed patrols as well as using road safety check locations throughout the Post 3 area," said Kentucky State Police Post 3 Public Information Officer Jonathan Biven.

Trooper Biven says people should be prepared for more checkpoints than usual around New Years.

"We're reminding motorists to make sure they have all their information... have their insurance cards with them, drivers license, make sure their vehicle is in good condition to be out on the highways," said Tpr. Biven.

Tpr. Biven says law enforcement are the only ones with their eyes on the roads. Other drivers can help cut back on impaired driving too by calling police, or using their new "No DUI Kentucky" app.

"If you see an impaired driver, you can actually click on a button, and it will send you to the nearest state police post. It also has a section on there for find a ride. So if you click on that, it will give you a lift of all the taxi services in whatever town you're in throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky that'll be able to get you home," said Tpr. Biven.

Biven says it can also be the simplest precautions like wearing your seat belt that save lives.

"In 2006, when the mandatory seat belt law came into effect, we had a seat belt usage of 67.2 percent. We are currently at 85 percent, so I don't know if it's the $25 fines that are starting to have people put their seat belts on, but obviously it's working and it's saving lives," said Tpr. Biven.

Tpr. Biven says police hope to see more of those seat belt usage numbers go up, while keeping the number of fatalities low.

Not only are the number of traffic related fatalities at their lowest since the 1940s, they're down significantly since last year with 116 fewer deaths according to Kentucky State Police.

KSP established a toll-free number (1-800-222-5555) that citizens can call to report impaired or erratic drivers. You can also follow their efforts on Twitter using #FinishStrongKy.


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