Traffic Safety Tips


Speeding:

  • Speeding triples the odds of being involved in a collision.
  • Speeding is a leading factor in fatal crashes - nearly 1/3 of fatal collisions involved speed as a factor.
  • The other top two factors for collisions are drowsiness and driver inattention.
  • Car crashes are the number one cause of deaths for youths 15 - 24 years of age.
  • The probability of death, disfigurement or debilitating injury increases with higher speed at impact. The consequences double for every 10 mph over 50 mph that a vehicle travels.

Seat Belts:

  • In 2006, 2/3 of those who were killed in vehicle collisions in Kentucky were not wearing seat belts.
  • When properly used, lap/shoulder belts can reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45% - and risk of moderate to critical injury by 50%.
  • 75% of persons ejected from a vehicle die as a result of the injuries sustained.
  • Kentucky has the third lowest rate of seat belt usage in the country.
  • Nationally, 83% of people report using safety belts - in Kentucky that number is 67%.
  • Last year, Kentucky enacted a Primary Seat Belt Law - meaning drivers may be stopped solely for driving without using their seat belt.

Alcohol:

  • 75% of fatal crashes involving alcohol included a driver with a BAC of 0.10 or 0.11 - the legal limit is 0.08.
  • More than half of those drivers (52%) had double the legal limit (0.16).
  • One third of those arrested or convicted of DUI are repeat offenders.
  • The Jefferson County Attorney's Office has a 96% conviction rate against DUI offenders.

Motorcyclists:

  • Motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes have an even higher incidence of speed and alcohol as factors in those events than other motor vehicles.
  • 25% of motorcycle operators involved in fatal crashes had invalid operator licenses - compared with 12% of passenger vehicles.
  • The use of helmets would have reduced the number of fatal motocycle crashes by 37%.