Madison, IN Light rain shower 64°
Listen Live

Preliminary figures indicate 60 fewer fatalities compared to 2017

112 less than 2016

Preliminary figures indicate highway fatalities in Kentucky declined in 2018 to 722, down from 782 in 2017. According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), this is the second consecutive year that roadway fatalities have decreased. 
KOHS Acting Executive Director Jason Siwula commends Kentuckians for being responsible behind the wheel and choosing to practice safe driving behaviors.

“We are encouraged by the reduction in fatalities, and we thank the traveling public for making choices behind the wheel, like buckling up and driving sober, that prevent the loss of life on Kentucky highways,” said Siwula. “It doesn’t go unnoticed that this year we observed that seat belt usage increased and fatalities decreased.”

According to data from the University of Kentucky Transportation Center, Kentucky’s seat belt usage rate rose from 86.8 percent in 2017 to 89.9 percent in 2018.

“While this achievement demonstrates safety is trending in the right direction, a single fatality is frankly one too many on our roadways,” said Siwula. “We are committed to continuing work with our local, state, federal and private industry highway safety partners until this number is zero.”

The fatality figures will remain preliminary until all highway crash data is collected. A final report will be released in April.

So far in 2019, preliminary numbers indicate there have been 44 roadway fatalities. 
Kentucky’s history of highway fatalities:
2000 823
2001 843
2002 915
2003 931
2004 964
2005 985
2006 913
2007 864
2008 826
2009 791
2010 760
2011 721
2012 746
2013 638
2014 672
2015 761
2016 834
2017 782
2018 *preliminary 722

More from Local News

Events

  • River Roots 2019 Music Series Music & Arts Festival

    December 15: Red Bicycle Hall Steve Poltz- 8pm 17$/20$ January 26: Red Bicycle Hall Lineup Announcement Part The Banditos- 8pm 10$/12$ February 15: Red Bicycle Hall The Tillers/ Arlo Mckinley & The Lonesome Sound- 8pm 10$/12$ March 29: Red Bicycle Hall Possessed By Paul James/ Special Guest Willy Tea Taylor- 8pm 17$/20$ April 26: Red Bicycle Hall Chicago Farmer- 8pm 10$/12$ May 18: Red Bicycle Hall Wild Ponies- 8pm 10$/12$

    at Red Bicycle Hall
  • Volunteer Firefighters Needed

    Madison Township Volunteer Fire Department is in need of volunteers. If you've ever wanted to become a volunteer firefighter or want to learn more, call 812-273-4100 or stop by the firehouse on Michigan Road.

    at Madison Township Volunteer Fire Company
  • Early Bird single pool passes for Crystal Beach`

    The City of Madison Parks and Recreation Department is once again offering early bird single pool passes for Crystal Beach. The passes are $40 each March 1 through May 24. These can abe purchased at the Brown Gym. Starting May 25th, single passes will be $50 each. Any questions, contact the Parks Office at (812)265-8308

    at Brown Gym on Broadway