Traffic Safety Tips
- 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.
- 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%.
- Kentucky has a Primary Seat Belt Law - meaning drivers may be stopped solely for driving without using their seat belt.
- 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 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%.