AAA recommends roundabouts among ways to reduce crashes

Posted at 4:30 AM, May 04, 2017

BURLINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky Route 842 has seen more than 186 crashes in the last year, including 36 at Turfway Road and 32 at Burlington Pike.

Looking to avoid dangerous traffic situations? Here are the sites of the most crashes in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in the past year:

Highway safety experts with AAA say they have found six road enhancement projects that can bring down the number of crashes that cause injuries and deaths.

"There are communities that are already doing this," AAA spokesperson Cheryl Parker said. "We need to see more of it."

The improvements include:

  • Pave and widen shoulders
  • Install centerline rumble strips
  • Add median barriers
  • Add sidewalks and crossing signals on most roads
  • Put in more guard rails
  • Build roundabouts

AAA has called on federal lawmakers to approve funding for those kind of improvements. They expect the national cost to be $146 billion, but the improvements could save more than 63,000 lives and prevent more than 353,000 serious injuries over a 20-year period.

"Fatal traffic deaths in both Ohio and Kentucky have increased over the past three years," Parker said. "We can save tens of thousands of lives and make our roadways safer by investing in improvements that we already know exist. Now is the time to act by targeting limited resources where they will have the greatest impact."