Police department releases 2018 Annual Traffic Report

Lexington Police officers cited more motorists for speeding, seatbelt violations, and running red lights in 2018, and collisions decreased by nearly 4 percent across the city. The department today released its 2018 Annual Traffic Report, which highlights traffic data from the past year.

Overall, Lexington Police responded to 16,431 collisions in 2018, a decrease of 3.9% from the previous year. The annual traffic report does not include data from other law enforcement agencies, such as the University of Kentucky Police and KSP, which also respond to collisions in Lexington and write traffic citations.

Other noteworthy comments from 2018:

  • Lexington Police responded to 96,961 traffic-related calls for service
  • Traffic charges issued were up 10.3% compared to 2017
    • 8.8% increase in speeding charges issued
    • 11.3% increase in registration violations issued
    • 22.6% increase in seatbelt violations issued
    • 28% increase in citations for red light running
  • DUI arrests were down 9.1%
  • Alcohol-involved collisions were down 4.1%
  • There were 31 fatal collisions (down 8.8%) resulting in 33 fatalities (down 5.7%)
    • 15 of the fatalities were pedestrians, the highest number of pedestrian fatalities ever recorded in Lexington-Fayette County in a single year.  
  • Nicholasville Rd between Canary Rd/Lexington Green Circle & Reynolds Rd was the overall top between street collision location with 38 collisions.
  • N Broadway and W New Circle Rd was the top intersection location with 35 collisions.

Annual and monthly traffic analysis reports from the Lexington Police Department are available to the public online through the city’s website. Visit www.lexingtonky.gov/police-traffic-data to learn more.