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

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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