KOHS: Roadway Deaths Increasing in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – 2016 is already a deadlier year on Kentucky roads versus this time last year.

The state just put out new numbers.

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As of Oct. 24, there were 640 fatalities – 29 more than at the same time last year, according to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.

“With only two months left in the year, we are encouraging drivers to take responsibility for their driving behaviors,” said KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter in a press release. “More people are traveling our roadways, which might explain the fatality increase; however, it does not explain why people are not making safe decisions behind the wheel.”

Of the 640 people killed on Kentucky roadways so far this year, about 40 percent of the crashes were caused by distracted or impaired drivers, according to the state data.

238 people were not wearing seat belts, 110 died in crashes involving alcohol, 90 occurred due to speeding, 154 were a result of driver inattention and 59 were pedestrians. Motorcyclists accounted for 81 fatalities, 50 of which involved a rider not wearing a helmet.

The new numbers come as students in Jessamine County saw first-hand some of the dangers of the road through a simulation car crash.

State Police say the month of October has the highest rate of collisions for the year. Troopers remind everyone to be extra careful with Halloween on Monday.