FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - For the first time since 2013, preliminary statistics reveal the number of deaths on Kentucky's highways decreased.
To mark the decrease, drivers will see messages along highways saying "good job" beginning Thursday.
The number of deaths declined in 2017 to 770 which was down from 834 in 2016, according to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and Kentucky State Police.
"We are encouraged by the reduction in fatalities and want the traveling public to know they've done a great job in helping our efforts to save lives," said KOHS Executive Director Dr. Noelle Hunter.
On Thursday, the state's 75 overhead and side-mount dynamic message signs will commend the state's progress toward zero fatalities: "GOOD JOB KY! HWY DEATHS DOWN IN '17."
"We hope this encourages more motorists to slow down, always wear their seat belt and never drive drunk or distracted," said Hunter. "Let me be clear: While this achievement is to be celebrated, we believe one fatality is too many and are committed to continue working with our local, state and federal highway safety partners until this number is zero."
The figures will remain classified as preliminary until all highway crash data is collected. A final report will be released in April.