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Motor Vehicle Safety

Kentucky’s motor vehicle traffic (MVT) fatality rate has decreased by 33% from a peak of 2.08 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (MVMT) in 2005 to 1.4 in 2014.

Kentucky Traffic Fatalities

Teen Motor Vehicle Safety

Teen Crash Injury Risk Index

Teen Crash Injury Risk Hot Spots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has rated states on four key indicators of public health policies and practices for preventing MVT injuries and deaths1. The policies, and Kentucky’s ratings are as follows.


Seat belt law

As of August 1, 2013 Kentucky had a primary enforcement seat belt law for all seating positions.


Child passenger restraint law

As of August 1, 2013, Kentucky required that all motor vehicle passengers aged 6 years or younger be in a car set or booster seat.  (A rating of Green indicates a law that covers children through age 8 years.)


Graduated driver licensing (GDL) system

As of August 1, 2013, Kentucky fulfilled the recommended passenger limit restriction but not the recommended nighttime driving restriction. (A rating of Yellow indicates a law that includes restrictions on passenger limits and nighttime driving.)


Ignition interlock law

As of August 1, 2013, Kentucky required ignition interlocks for convicted repeat DUI offenders. (A rating of Green indicates a law requiring ignition interlocks for both first-time and repeat offenders.)