Topeka, Kan. (WIBW) - Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 4-34 and the Kansas Department of Transportation hopes to change that.
"We want to make people aware of the fact that these tragedies are not 'accidents.' They are violent and they are preventable," said KDOT Secretary Mike King. "We are loosing nearly 400 people every year and if that many people were dying from a single disease, we'd be doing something about it. We'd do research, develop a vaccine, issue health alerts and hopefully come up with a cure."
KDOT has developed a graphic to announce the statewide year-to-date fatalities, which can be found at www.ktsro.org.
The Kansas Highway Patrol is doing a public service announcement for radio stations to stress how big the problem is.
The good news they say is that the unofficial year-to-date fatalities through June was 180, which is down about 13% from the past ten years average.