OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) Accidents are becoming a more common site on one of western Kentucky’s busiest highways.
The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office says they’re responding to more wrecks on the Highway 60 Bypass in Owensboro.
It sees a steady flow of traffic every day around Owensboro. It’s also seeing a more steady stream of accidents the past few years.
“I think the accidents have increased quite a bit. I think in the summer, I’ve seen more accidents than I have in the previous years,” said Joe Payne of Owensboro.
Major Barry Smith of the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office says there have been more than 90 accidents this year along the bypass, an increase from 2015 when there was more than 40. More than half of this year’s wrecks happened between the New Hartford Road and Highway 54 exits.
“It started off, in 2015 in that stretch, contributed to about 30% of the accidents. This year, its over 50% of the accidents are happening on that stretch of highway,” he said.
The speed limit on the bypass went up from 55 miles an hour to 65 miles an hour two years ago. Some drivers notice others keep going faster than the posted limit even after it went up.
“Speed limit used to be 55, people did 60-65. They upped the speed limit, so they’re driving a little faster too,” said Leon Whistle of Daviess County. “It seems like it’s coming off i-165 where most of the accidents occur.” But Maj. Smith says other things, like higher traffic volume, are potential factors.
“You have a higher rate of accident with a higher traffic flow. That’s part of it. You do have some concerns to figure out the ways to help with that,” he says.
“People need to pay attention to what they’re doing,” adds Whistle.
(This story was originally published on December 17, 2019)