Kentucky is on track to have the fewest deadly car crashes in the last few years. In 2014, we had about 640 deadly crashes. That number spiked during the next two years. The peak occurred with more than 800 deaths in 2016. This year, the total so far sits at 691 deaths. That is 72 fewer deaths than our 2017 total and 122 fewer deaths than the 2016 total. Authorities say the most crashes happened in Jefferson and Fayette Counties, followed by Hardin, Laurel and Pike Counties. Trooper Lloyd Cochran says Kentucky State Police have started to see more seatbelt usage compared to three and four years ago. He says they want to believe the decrease in fatalities to their enforcement campaigns. Trooper Cochran says Kentucky State Police continues to remind folks to wear seatbelts, don’t drive under the influence and to not drive distracted.
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