LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Thousands of cars are driven on Kentucky’s highways and highways every day. Most of the time everyone gets where they’re going, but sometimes tragedy strikes.
“Each of these is a mother or a father, a sister, a brother. Someone who is part of their local community, ”said Jason Siwula of the Kentucky Highway Safety Office.
Each year, the Kentucky Highway Safety Bureau pushes its Click It or Ticket campaign to tackle a number of distractions and bad driving habits, and ultimately save lives. This year’s campaign comes as the Commonwealth is recovering from the pandemic.
“One of the things we do know is people are coming out and moving a little more than they were during the pandemic,” Siwula said. “We want to make sure we’re there to remind people of these safe driving behaviors like buckling up and putting your phone down while you’re in the driver’s seat.”
Road safety officials said travel on Kentucky’s roads was down last year, mainly because of the pandemic. Yet 780 people lost their lives in accidents. This is an increase over previous years.
“Many jurisdictions have actually seen an increase in the number of vehicle fatalities, even though we have driven fewer kilometers,” said Siwula.
AAA says less traffic will not be the case this year. Memorial Day trips are expected to increase by more than 60% from 2020, with 37 million people hitting the road.
“At the end of the day what we’re trying to do is help people understand their behavior and how it affects not only the people who are in their vehicle, but also potentially the people who are outside. their vehicle, ”Siwula said.
A report released today also shows that more pedestrians were killed in 2020 than in 2019 in Kentucky. Across the country, there has been an increase of about 20%.
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