Traffic Fatalities Down Across Kentucky

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

Kentucky roads are safer now than they were two years ago.

Kentucky State Police say traffic fatalities went down eight percent from 2005 to 2006. WYMT's Julie Maloney spoke with troopers who say this is good news, but a measure that passed in the state house of representatives Friday could make roads more dangerous.

Trooper Raymond Foley pulled this vehicle over for going more than twenty miles over the speed limit.

"She was doing 73 when I clocked her the first time, then she sped up to 76 after she passed me," Tpr. Foley said.

Since 2005, traffic fatalities have gone down eight percent in Kentucky, but it's because of reckless driving like that troopers say could cause that to change.

"Going over the speed limit is one thing, but when you're excessive by 15 miles or more, that's when you have more of a chance of an accident," Foley said.

On Friday, the state House of Representatives approved a bill to change the speed limit on interstates to 70 miles per hour. Foley says since the current speed limit on interstates is 65, a 5 mile per hour increase isn't a big deal, but if drivers aren't cautious, it could cost lives.

"I think people need to slow down a little bit," Foley said.

And he looks to this case as one reason why it's so important to abide by the speed limit.

"The biggest thing is she could have caused a bad accident because there's a lot of traffic out there today," Foley said.

Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and Kentucky State Police say most fatal accidents are due to not wearing seatbelts and want to remind drivers to buckle up.

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