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Good Question: Is there a way to find the safest driving route?

Roadway crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States.

Just this week we saw three members of one family die in a crash on I-65 near Elizabethtown, but what if there was a map of some of the most dangerous areas?

Good Question: Is there a way to find the safest driving route?

In Kentucky there are thousands of miles of roadway to be traveled, around every corner an accident could be waiting to happen.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has started a pilot program working with eight states including Kentucky to study our roads.

"For the first time people are actually assessing the actual safety of the roads themselves," said Christopher Oakford with AAA of the Bluegrass.

Over the next few years the U.S. Road Assessment Project looks to map out the nation's safest and deadliest corridors.

While it will be a vital tool to road planners, the ultimate goal for AAA a is to have it help drivers.

"The spin off will be eventually in about 2-3 years time people who have navigational systems in their car can say as well as the quickest root I'd like the safest route as well," said Oakford.

What if you are hitting the road for a vacation in the near future?

AAA often helps people map out their route.

Oakford says there is also a website out there to help you find the safest path.

Its called saferoadmap.org.

Its an interactive tool that allows drivers to plot fatal crashes. Google maps shows you the actual stretch of road where it happened.

Technology for drivers to help them get where they are going the safest way possible.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says 73% of drivers say they would consider the data especially in unfamiliar areas


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