From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh
With less than two weeks remaining in 2009, it looks like Kentucky will have fewer highway fatalities this year than last.
To date, at least 757 people have been killed on Kentucky highways this year. Gov. Beshear says that’s 39 fewer fatalities than reported at the same time last year.
“The number of people killed on Kentucky roadways has declined in each of the last three years, and we’re on track right now to make it four years in a row in 2009,” he says.
One thing helping saving lives in the commonwealth, according to Beshear, is cable barriers in the medians of four lane highways. So far, the state has installed more than 100 miles of cable barriers in eight counties and more are on the way.
Last week, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order prohibiting state workers driving government vehicles from texting while driving.