Traffic deaths in Kentucky up from last year

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Heading into the holiday season, state officials say traffic deaths on Kentucky roadways are up from a year ago.

Kentucky State Police say there were 712 traffic fatalities statewide as of Dec. 21, an increase of 72 from the same period a year ago.

State police are urging motorists to wear seat belts as they head out on roads for the holiday season.

KSP Sgt. Michael Webb says some traffic deaths this year could have been avoided if motorists had buckled up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45 percent, opposed to those who don’t wear seat belts.

Webb says state police will use all available resources this holiday season in an effort to reduce fatalities.

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