Kentucky’s Traffic Collision Facts is based on collision reports submitted to the Kentucky State Police Records Branch. As required by Kentucky Revised Statute 189.635: “Every law enforcement agency whose officers investigate a vehicle accident of which a report must be made...shall file a report of the accident...within ten days after investigation of the accident upon forms supplied by the bureau.” The stated purpose of this requirement is to utilize data on traffic collisions to improve the Commonwealth’s traffic safety program. Unless otherwise noted, data in this publication are for public roads only. Data contained in this report are based solely on the observations and judgements of the state and local police officers who investigated each collision. Collision data are contained in an automatic system called the Collision Report Analysis for Safer Highways (CRASH). This system carries out edit checks for accuracy, which may include manual adjustments based on the Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS). Computer tabulations and summaries are again checked for accuracy before information is released or disseminated. It is hoped that the detailed information presented in this report will, in fact, “improve the traffic safety program within the Commonwealth.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Manual on Classification of Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes1 is used to ensure uniformity and compliance with federal requirements.

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