Number of Kentucky traffic deaths in 2013 lowest since 1949

April 23, 2014 

The number of traffic deaths in Kentucky was lower last year than it had been since 1949.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety said there were 638 traffic fatalities in 2013, down from 746 in 2012, a reduction of 14 percent.

Of those who died on Kentucky roads last year, 483 were in motor vehicles; 245 were not wearing safety belts.

Drugs or alcohol were involved in 138 of the deaths.

Motorcyclists accounted for 79 fatalities, with 53 not wearing helmets.

"While the fatality decrease is an improvement, the numbers indicate many motorists still do not realize the responsibility that comes with a license," said Bill Bell, director of the highway safety office. "We hope by combining our educational efforts with state and local law enforcement and other safety partners, we will continue to raise public awareness of laws and safe driving practices."

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