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Speeding causes nearly one-third of all traffic deaths

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, speeding causes nearly as many deaths as drunk driving. Some safety advocates maintain that the only way to address the rise in traffic fatalities is to significantly enhance penalties for speeders. Drunk drivers face stiff sanctions when caught behind the wheel, and the director of the NTSB says speeders should do the same.

Impaired driving accident facts and statistics

Kentucky residents may find some of the statistics outlined by President Donald J. Trump in a recent proclamation to be surprising. In his proclamation, President Trump declared December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The announcement included statistics showing that, on average, in the United States, one person dies in an alcohol-related car crash every 50 minutes. In 2016, alcohol-related accidents led to more than 10,000 fatalities, accounting for 28 percent of all traffic fatalities that year.

Roadways are more dangerous during Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving may just be the deadliest holiday for Americans, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency's Fatality Analysis Reporting System showed that there were 764 fatal car crashes on Thanksgiving in 2012. There were only 654 fatal crashes on Christmas that year. Drivers in Kentucky may be wondering what contributes to this spike in the mortality rate every holiday season.

Shift workers more likely to be affected by drowsy driving

Long hours and nontraditional work schedules make Kentucky roads more dangerous, according to a study of night shift employees. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital studied 16 people who work the night shift and found an increased risk for car accidents among the group.

The age of a vehicle and the likelihood of fatal crashes

Vehicle owners in Kentucky should know that a research paper published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that a vehicle's age affects the likelihood that its driver will perish in an accident. People who drive vehicles that are at least 18 years old have a 71 percent greater chance of dying in a crash than drivers of vehicles that are no more than three years old.

Headlights can offer protection to Kentucky drivers

When drivers use their headlights at all times, studies have shown that the number of accidents drops by close to 10 percent overall. It also results in a 5.7 percent reduction in two-car crashes and a 23 percent reduction in motorcycle accidents involving vehicles going in the opposite direction. Finally, the number of accidents involving cars and pedestrians drops 12 percent when drivers use their headlights during the day. This is because cars are more visible even when it is clear and the sun is out.

Pickups perform well in IIHS report

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 30 driver deaths per million vehicle registrations from 2011 to 2014. Kentucky motorists might be surprised to learn that trucks and SUVs actually performed better than the industry average. Pickup trucks had an average of 26 deaths per million registrations while SUVs had an average of 21 per million registrations.

Accidents caused by eating while behind the wheel

Distracted driving laws in Kentucky and around the country generally aim to discourage motorists from using their cellphones while behind the wheel, but there are many other things that can prevent drivers from focusing on the road ahead. Fast-food restaurants featuring welcoming drive-thru windows are a ubiquitous sight in virtually every part of the United States, and they market themselves as inexpensive and convenient dining options for drivers in a hurry.

Reducing teenage distracted driving fatalities

While vehicles are getting safer, there has been an increase in traffic fatalities. The 7.2 percent increase in driving deaths around the country in 2015 over the previous year can be attributed to a variety of causes, including people having more available income and driving more miles. However, in that year teenage traffic fatalities increased by 10 percent according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, and that was the largest percentage increase for any age group. Kentucky parents of teenage drivers may find this statistic to be alarming.

Traffic deaths rise 10% in the first six months of 2016

In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report on traffic deaths in the first half of 2016. The news was not good. Deaths on American roads increased 10% from the same time period in 2015. In all, 17,775 people died in traffic accidents from January 2016 through June 2016, compared to 16,100 people in the first half of 2015. Even worse, these grim statistics are not unusual, as traffic deaths have increased each three-month period since October 2014.

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