Better driver education, new laws help curb highway fatalities

05/27/2011 11:56 AM

In 2005, Kentucky was dangerously close to having 1,000 people killed on the commonwealth’s roadways.

Since then, those highway deaths has been on a steady decline.

The legislature passed key laws: one in 2006 that allowed police to pull over drivers if someone in the car wasn’t wearing a seat belt and the 2010 ban on texting while driving.

But other factors have contributed as well, including more creative and aggressive driver education programs in schools. Take a look:

Other laws could be in the works.

Rep. Dennis Keene, a Democrat from Wilder, has been pushing to require interlock devices on vehicles of people convicted of driving under the influence.

Keene’s daughter was injured by a drunk driver.

- Don Weber

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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