Kentucky Highways Getting Safer

Highway fatalities in Kentucky dropped to an 11-year low in 2010.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety said Thursday there were 760 fatalities on roadways last year, down 31 from 2009. It’s the lowest total since 1999, when the death toll was 729. It’s the fifth straight year highway fatalities have declined in the state.

Of the 760 fatalities last year, 598 were in motor vehicles. Of those killed, 62 percent were not buckled up and 20 percent involved alcohol.

Motorcyclists accounted for 78 fatalities. Fifteen percent of fatal motorcycle crashes involved alcohol.

State Office of Highway Safety director Boyd Sigler says the state is headed in the right direction but says everyone needs to follow traffic laws such as wearing seat belts, driving sober and not texting while driving.