Kansas Reports Fewest Traffic Fatalities Since 2015

By Trish Svoboda

Today, February 6th, Governor Laura Kelly disclosed that Kansas recorded fewer than 400 traffic fatalities last year, marking the first time since 2015. Preliminary data for 2023 show that 388 people died in traffic accidents in Kansas, down from 410 fatalities in 2022. This reflects a three-year trend of decreasing fatality rates.

The enhancement in roadway safety is partly credited to the Kelly administration’s 10-year, $10 billion Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program and initiatives aimed at resolving problems with the ‘Bank of KDOT.’

“Safe roads save lives, and that’s why I’ve been unwavering in my commitment to improving our state’s infrastructure,” Governor Laura Kelly stated. “I will collaborate with the legislature to sustain these vital investments. Meanwhile, it’s imperative for all Kansans to contribute to reducing traffic fatalities by buckling up, adhering to speed limits, avoiding distractions, and refraining from driving under the influence.”

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, simply wearing a seatbelt increases the chances of surviving a crash by over 45%. The Drive To Zero Coalition acknowledges that initiatives outlined in the Kansas Strategic Highway Safety Plan have played a significant role in reducing fatalities and severe injuries.

“The state’s Safety Plan has led to heightened behavioral safety messaging and cost-effective engineering enhancements, including the identification of four Safety Corridors, the establishment of safety coalitions by communities, and increased public engagement by law enforcement,” said Secretary of Transportation Calvin Reed.

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