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Kansas Traffic Deaths Drop in 2013

Associated Press - January 3, 2014 11:32 am

The Kansas Department of Transportation is considering a safety improvement after two men were killed in a highway crash.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is considering a safety improvement after two men were killed in a highway crash.

Kansas Department of Transportation officials are reporting a drop in the number of traffic fatalities in 2013 to 344 deaths, the lowest number since statistics were first kept in 1947.

KDOT says in a news release Friday that the previous low was 385 fatalities in 2008. The highest number of deaths was 780, in 1969.

The numbers for 2013 were preliminary and unofficial, but would mark an improvement from 405 fatalities in 2012.

KDOT officials attributed the decline to several factors, including the condition of Kansas roads, better law enforcement, emergency responders and safer vehicles.

Safety engineer Steve Buckley says drivers can help reduce the number of deaths by eliminating distractions, wearing seat belts and not driving drunk.

Fuchs Mi

January 4, 2014 at 12:57 am

Safety engineer Steve Buckley is blowing smoke up our behinds. Seatbelts play a very minor role in saving lives but they want that federal money. If there were no funds do you think for one minute they would give a darn whether we wore our seatbelts. That is an individuals decision not Steve’s k-dot or our government.

Bob Bowser

January 5, 2014 at 9:17 am

Interesting there’s no mention of the thousands that are supposed to be dying since they raised the speed limit to 75.
And “safer vehicles”??? I question the wisdom of competing with 80,000 pound semis on the highway in a Prius.
True in 1969 seatbelts were not mandatory, but they didn’t have texting then either.

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