11:08am

Fri September 23, 2011
Statehouse News

Highway Safety Organizations Receive Federal Funding

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) has awarded over $4.7 million to law enforcement agencies and highway safety organizations across the commonwealth to help bolster safety enforcement and education in local communities. The federally funded grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are administered by the KOHS, which is part of the Transportation Cabinet.

“Law enforcement activities, combined with highway safety programs, are critical in the effort to keep Kentucky highways safe,” said Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock. “These grants will help provide needed resources to improve safety in local communities across Kentucky.”

More than $2.9 million was awarded to 109 law enforcement agencies for overtime enforcement and equipment. More than $1.8 million was also awarded to 15 organizations involved with highway safety for various educational programs, equipment and training.

Forty-eight fewer lives have been lost so far in 2011 on Kentucky highways, compared with the same time period in 2010.

Of the 760 people killed on highways last year, 598 were in motor vehicles. Of those killed, 62.5 percent were not buckled up and 20 percent of fatalities involved alcohol. Motorcyclists accounted for 78 fatalities, with 57.7 percent not wearing helmets and 15.4 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes involving alcohol.

Total Highway Fatalities:
2000 823
2001 843
2002 915
2003 931
2004 964
2005 985
2006 913
2007 864
2008 826
2009 791
2010 760

For more information regarding the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, please visit http://highwaysafety.ky.gov/.