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Traffic Fatality Toll To Be Posted Along KY Interstates, Parkways

Many Kentucky motorists will see a sobering safety reminder during their travels starting Tuesday.The state Office of Highway Safety will begin posting highway fatality totals on more than 50 electronic message boards along interstates and parkways across Kentucky.Spokesperson Jeff Bibb says it comes as Kentucky highway deaths are on the increase after three straight years of declines."What we're trying to do is just let people know, I think, by adding real life numbers to these things, that people will realize that this is something that is causing a big problem in our commonwealth," Bibb said.Bibb says more than half of those killed in traffic crashes this year were not buckled up and 22 percent of the deaths involved alcohol.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.