Fatal highway crashes by county | Courtesy of Kentucky State Police

Fatal accidents on the state’s highways have declined 13 percent this year — but Jefferson County remains the most dangerous area by far for motorists.

Through Monday, Kentucky State Police recorded 449 fatal highway accidents, down from 506 during the same period last year. The agency said 70 of those accidents occurred in Jefferson County, more than in any other county and more than three times as many as in Fayette County, which recorded the second-highest number of fatal highway accidents, with 22.

Jefferson County has recorded the highest number of fatal highway accidents in each of the last six years.

KSP could not be reached to say how many fatal accidents occurred in Jefferson County during the same period last year, but the county’s share of the state’s fatal highway accidents is at least at a a seven-year high of 15.6 percent. The state’s online records go back only to 2011.

In the last two years, the county’s fatal highway accidents accounted for less than 12 percent of the state’s total.

KSP figures show that while the number of fatal accidents has declined from last year, they are about even with 2015 and up nearly 9 percent from 2014.

Of the 449 fatal traffic accidents so far in 2017, 350 were motor vehicle mishaps, 41 involved motorcycles and six were ATV accidents. Three bicyclists were killed and 48 pedestrians died in highway wrecks, the KSP said.

Kentucky counties with the highest number of fatal accidents this year:

  1. Jefferson County: 70
  2. Fayette County: 22
  3. Warren County: 18

Fifteen counties have had no fatal accidents so far this year.

The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.

[dc_ad size="9"] [dc_ad size="10"]
Boris Ladwig
Boris Ladwig is a reporter with more than 20 years of experience and has won awards from multiple journalism organizations in Indiana and Kentucky for feature series, news, First Amendment/community affairs, nondeadline news, criminal justice, business and investigative reporting. As part of The (Columbus, Indiana) Republic’s staff, he also won the Kent Cooper award, the top honor given by the Associated Press Managing Editors for the best overall news writing in the state. A graduate of Indiana State University, he is a soccer aficionado (Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Köln), singer and travel enthusiast who has visited countries on five continents. He speaks fluent German, rudimentary French and bits of Spanish, Italian, Khmer and Mandarin.