Department of Highways, District 11
Honoring Victims of Traffic Accidents in Kentucky Memorial Plaque reflects statistics for 2006
MANCHESTER, KY –(July 9, 2007)--The 913 persons who lost their lives in 2006 on Kentucky highways were remembered recently at the Whitley County Welcome Center located off I-75, Northbound, in Williamsburg, KY. A bronze plate with the 2006 number “913” was added to the monument, the lowest since 2001. Numbers of fatalities for the previous nine years are also listed on the plaque.
The passage of a Primary Seat Belt Law in last years regular session of the General Assembly is viewed as the most important safety measure to put the brakes on fatalities and serious injury crashes on Kentucky highways.
Kentucky was the first state to erect permanent memorials for citizens who died on our roadways. Monuments to remember persons who lost their lives are located at eight welcome centers across the state, the rest area at Slade and in front of the Kentucky Transportation headquarters in Frankfort.
The plaque on each memorial requests a moment of silence for the lives lost. Motorists are often seen pausing to read the statistics and reflect on the lives lost, adding emphasis to their responsibility for safety on our roadways.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet established these markers as a safety issue. Many people place roadside memorials at the site where their loved one died, creating a distraction to drivers as well as a danger to install and maintain. The permanent memorials were placed to discourage these private memorials.
As the summer travel season is in full swing, the public is reminded to buckle up, drive smart and stay alert for road construction and the workers making improvements to our highways.