Before you can take concrete and productive steps to make 2015 a safer year on Kentucky roads, it is important to understand what happened—and why—in fatal Kentucky motor vehicle crashes in 2014.
2014 Was a Deadlier Year on Kentucky Roads Than 2013
According to information recently released by the Kentucky State Police, there were 665 fatalities on Kentucky's roads and highways in 2014. This was a significant increase over the 638 deaths reported in 2013. The 665 deaths reported in 2014 included:
- 517 in motor vehicle accidents. In 2013, there were 497 motor vehicle accident fatalities.
- At least 268 fatalities of people who were not wearing seatbelts at the time of their accident. In 2013, there were at least 248 deaths of people who were not wearing seatbelts.
- 125 deaths caused, at least in part, by drivers under the influence of alcohol. This is slightly less than the 139 alcohol-related fatalities reported in 2013.
- Only 80 days without a fatal accident. This is more than the 60 days without fatal accidents that were reported in 2013.
Be Part of the Solution for 2015
Next year, we hope we can report that 2015 was a safer year on Kentucky roads than 2014. To that end, we encourage you to always wear your seatbelt, to encourage your loved ones to wear their seatbelts, to driver sober, and to drive free of distractions. Additionally, we encourage you to share these facts about what happened on Kentucky roads last year with your friends and family by sharing this FAQ on Facebook or Twitter. Please help raise awareness about the risks of fatal accidents and encourage everyone to be part of the solution.