We're just a few weeks shy of being halfway through the year but already, the number of fatal accidents in 2012 is up.
According to Lt. David Jude, with the Kentucky State Police,
"about 58% of these fatalities have been people not wearing their seat belt. We also see 37 have died from alcohol related collisions."
The state of Kentucky has seen an overall decrease in roadway accidents since 2006, according to Lt. Jude. "It's a good time for us to say Kentucky, our roadway accidents are increasing, we need to do something about this."
Kentucky State Police say a majority of fatal accidents do not occur on high speed interstates, they actually happen on rural roads.
"We've had instances with pedestrians, bicyclist, motorcyclists, even ATV's, commercial vehicles, as well as motor vehicles. Of course we're advocating to wear your seatbelts, watch your speed, and avoid distractions inside of your car." Lt. Jude says drivers need to focus more on the road, especially since almost 40% of all collisions are somehow related to distracted driving.
Kentucky State Police say the number of fatalities have exceeded last year's total this time of the year by 16.