Friday, January 23, 2009
The number of drivers that died on Kansas highways in 2008 was the lowest ever recorded.
"That is very good news that numbers are down. Of course we'd like them to continue to go down," said KDOT Spokesman Tom Hein.
Last year there were 384 highway deaths. That's down from 416 the year before. And it's only the second time since the state started counting highway fatalities in 1947 that the number ever went below 400. The last time was in 1992.
As for why the numbers went way down 2008--well the state says there are a number of reasons including a new focus on child passenger safety, tougher DUI penalties and more people are wearing seatbelts. More than 77 percent of Kansans now use them.
The state is also designing its highway system better.
"That is, we give a little bit more room on the shoulders and larger medians so people can correct after they make mistakes," said Hein.