Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police indicate fatalities on Kentucky’s roadways have increased compared to last year.
State Police say there were 64 fatalities as of yesterday, which is five more fatalities than what was reported last year.
Trooper Michael Webb says the increase in fatalities is a major concern for state police.
Although it is still early, Trooper Webb says state police will be taking a proactive approach in addressing the increase of highway deaths.
According to KSP, out of the 64 fatalities, 31 of the victims were not wearing seat belts and nine died in crashes involving alcohol.
A final total will not be available until April 2nd, but preliminary numbers indicate there were 720 fatalities on Kentucky roadways in 2011.