TRANSPORTATION CABINET FOCUSING ON REDUCING FATALITIES & INJURIES ON HIGHWAYS
Transportation leaders from throughout the southeast are trying to put the brakes on fatal collisions. In Kentucky, highway deaths this year are at their lowest level since 2001. With Governor Ernie Fletcher’s leadership in creating the Executive Committee on Highway Safety and the committee’s use of data-driven processes to identify and implement strategic highway safety programs, fatality numbers are trending downward.
“Kentucky has piloted many new safety efforts during the past year and a half,” said Boyd Sigler, Highway Safety Operations Manager and a member of the Governor's Executive Committee on Highway Safety. “Kentucky was the first state to identify safety belt usage rates in each county, which helps us better target those counties with low safety belt usage and high fatalities. We have also launched the Drive Smart Corridor Safety Program, identifying at least one corridor in each highway district to strategically promote education and enforcement of highway safety issues and provide safer roadways through engineering low-cost safety improvements.”
Sigler represented the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Executive Committee at a recent Southeastern Transportation Safety Coalition Peer Exchange in Atlanta, Georgia. The group met to try and identify strategies for reducing fatalities and injuries. The Southeastern Transportation Safety Coalition includes 13 states and Puerto Rico. The southeastern region has the highest fatality rate of any region in the United States.
The Governor’s Executive Committee on Highway Safety is a partnership established by Governor Ernie Fletcher which represents various disciplines in the highway safety field and is dedicated to reducing the carnage caused by roadway collisions.