Distracted driving adds to Kentucky road deaths

Unsafe driving can be deadly. In Kentucky, the numbers prove it. State police report 50 more deaths on roads this year compared to 2014.

Marshall County had the highest number with 14. Eleven are reported so far for McCracken County.

Some of the incidents were alcohol related, but the biggest problem is inattentive driving, like texting.

Chad and Jennifer Collura are making the move from Tampa, Florida, to Colorado Springs, Colorado. That’s 1,800 miles. They say they need to keep their eyes peeled between every mile marker.

“Every single time you get on the road you see it. You see people swerving in other lanes and then cut back, and they’re either on their phones, not paying attention, messing with the radio or whatever.”

That doesn’t surprise McCracken County deputy Tim Reed. In his 16 years, he says seat belts have become less of the problem. It’s more about technology, he says. “Your cars are smarter, your phones are smarter, and everybody’s trying to use them while they’re driving,” Reed said.

He says there have been 574 collisions in the county so far, compared to 524 this time last year. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety says low gas prices and a stretch of good weather contribute to more cars being on the road. That’s all believed to contribute to the hike. 

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