State highway fatalities take noticeable drop in 2022; stay the same in Lake Cumberland area

New data from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet shows highway deaths in Kentucky dropped in 2022 from the year prior.

The data shows there were 744 fatalities in 2022, which is a 7.6 % decrease from 2021.

The data is not broken down by counties, but there were 44 fatalities in the Lake Cumberland District in 2022, which was the same as the year prior.

According to reports, 57% of those who died last year on the highway in Kentucky weren’t wearing a seatbelt, 33% involved speeding or aggressive drivers, 20% were distracted drivers and 15% involved alcohol.

So far this year, there have been 169 roadway deaths in Kentucky. That’s down 13 compared to this time is 2022.

This year, there have been 15 in the Lake Cumberland District.


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