Same number of fatals in KYTC District 8 two years in a row
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Road fatalities were less in 2022 in Kentucky than the year before, but the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 8 Office, which includes Wayne County saw almost the same number of fatal accidents as in 2021.
KYTC District 8 includes Wayne, Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle and Russell County and according to its website consists of 2,700 miles of state highways, In 2022, forty five people were killed in District 8 in wrecks with six of those losing their lives on motorcycles.
In 2021, forty nine fatalities were noted in District 8, with four of those being on motorcycles. A positive for Kentucky, the Commonwealth as a whole saw fewer fatalities in 2022 than 2021. Thos numbers indicate 734 people were killed, compared to 806 in 2021.
Seventy seven commercial vehicles were involved in fatal crashes in 2022, while in 2021 there were 102. More fatal accidents involved motorcycles, with 95 deaths reported in 2022 compared to 88 deaths the year before.
KYTC reported that out among the 95 motorcycle deaths reported last year, 62 were not wearing helmets while 32 were and information was not provided one death.
Of those killed while riding bicycles, ten were reportedly not wearing helmets while two were wearing them. Thirteen were killed in ATV accidents who were not wearing helmets, while one person was killed while wearing one.
The report showed 55.3% of fatalities within personal vehicles (or 288) were not using seat belts at the time, while 41.8% were reported to be using belts. The report does not cover whether belts were being worn properly or improperly in those cases.
The KY Transportation Cabinet says the majority of those killed in accidents were between the ages of 25 and 64, with 16.5% of the deaths being between the ages of 35 and 44. Children under the age of 18 made up 6.5% of the fatalities.