Panel To Study Highway Fatality Data

by Rick Howlett on January 21, 2009

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has formed a committee to look into ways to reduce fatalities on the commonwealth’s roadways.

Spokesperson Robin Jenkins says the panel will look at statistical data from the University of Kentucky’s Transportation Center, the state police and others to come up with ways to improve safety.

“(They’ll look at factors such as) lack of seat belt usage, if it’s highway related, it it’s an intersection, if it’s a two lane road in eastern Kentucky or a multi-lane highway in Jefferson County, just to look at those common factors).

Jenkins says the panel will issue recommendations to the governor’s office and state lawmakers.

Highway fatalities in Kentucky declined in 2008 for the fourth consecutive year, but officials say 822 people lost their lives in traffic crashes last year.

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Bill Hayden January 23, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I hope the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet fatality reduction committee will give serious consideration to the high level of fatalities that have occurred on the Clark Memorial Bridge at Louisville. The four lanes are very narrow and there is no enforcement of the 35 mile per hour speed limit. The first thing that needs to be done is to enforce the speed limit. A full time cop on the bridge should easily be able to raise enough revenue to pay his salary.

Probably the safest time to cross the bridge is during rush hour in the morning when the two south bound lanes are often backed up to the middle of the bridge with cars mostly having only one occupant and moving at 2 miles per hour.

As a bicyclist who often rides across the bridge on my bike I would like to see a lane dedicated to bicycles only and protected by a solid concrete curb. This would reduce the motor lane to one lane but it could be wide enough to meet the lane width standard. It would also greatly reduce the stress for bicyclists.

If the states of Kentucky and Indiana were really concerned about dealing with the rush hour congestion in a quick and cost effective manner, they would institute congestion pricing. This would give provide a financial incentive for motorists to not use the bridge during congested times.

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