Average auto fatalities per 100,000
: 18.3 Auto fatalities/year
: 784 (20th most) Lifetime medical costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents
: $6,410,980 (22nd highest) Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents
: $789,411,765 (19th highest) Pct. commuters traveling 30 mins. or more
: 28.39% (16th lowest)
From 2007 through 2009, Kentucky had an average of 18.3 motor vehicle-related fatalities for every 100,000 people a year. Although Kentucky is the nation’s 26th-most populous state, it had the 20th-highest number of auto fatalities each year over that time frame, averaging of 784 per year. It is estimated that Kentucky auto fatalities cost the state more than $789 million in lifetime work losses in a given year. The absence of laws mandating that motorcycle riders wear helmets and a failure to meet the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) standards requiring kids under eight years old to wear booster seats have both likely contributed to Kentucky’s poor record. To help encourage citizens to be safe drivers, police departments across the state have pledged to enforce the nationwide Click It or Ticket initiative in 2012.
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