The commute for Kentucky motorists may soon prove a bit moresomber. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety announced plans topost highway fatality totals on the more than 50 electronic messageboards lining the state's interstates and parkways.

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The agency's decision appears to have been spurred by the surgein roadway fatalities. As of October 6, 2009, the state logged atotal of 599 vehicular mortalities. This surge followed athree-year decline. Acting Kentucky Transportation CabinetSecretary Mike Hancock said more than half those killed were notwearing seat belts, and 22 percent of the reported deaths involvedalcohol.

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Fatality totals will appear along with other highway safetymessages, the agency said. Emergency messages -- such as roadclosures and Amber Alerts -- will take priority.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is responsible foroverseeing the development and maintenance of a safe multi-modaltransportation system throughout the commonwealth. It manages morethan 27,000 miles of highway, including secondary roads, primaryroads, and interstate and parkway miles.

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Sources: http://transportation.ky.gov/,www.wlky.com.

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