WKYT Interactive | Lexington's spike in traffic violations, trouble spots

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - More Lexington drivers who like to put the pedal to the metal found themselves getting caught in 2017 as the number of speeding tickets handed out by police surged by 27.3 percent.

Speeders weren't the only ones to get caught more often in 2017, according to the Lexington Police Department's annual traffic report which was released Wednesday. The number of citations issued for registration and seat belt violations increased along with drunk driving arrests.

Overall, there were 17,105 collisions, which is an increase of 0.25% from the previous year, according to the report. Inattention is the top human contributing factor for crashes, followed by failing to yield the right of way, and following too closely.

Lexington's top spots for collisions

  • Intersection of East Vine Street and Rose Street was the top red light running collision location with nine collisions.
  • East New Circle Road between Palumbo Drive and Life Lane-Woodhill Drive was the overall top collision location and the top between street collision location with 44 collisions. This location was also the top collision location in 2016 with 56 collisions, representing a 21.4% reduction in collisions at this location.
  • North Broadway and West New Circle Road was the top intersection collision location with 28 collisions.

    The annual report found 34 fatal collisions resulting in 35 fatalities in 2017, marking a 29% and 30% decrease in fatal collisions and fatalities respectively.

    The month of June was the month with the highest number of traffic calls the department responded to in 2017.

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