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Kelly proclaims July 17-21 Rural Road Safety Awareness Week

Gov. Laura Kelly has proclaimed July 17th – 21st as Rural Road Safety Awareness Week in Kansas.

With one of the main causes of rural crashes being speeding, this awareness campaign is driving home the need to slow down.

More than 40% of all traffic fatalities across the United States happen on rural roads each year.

According to KDOT, 257 people were killed in Kansas rural road crashes in 2021. The unofficial number for last year is 239.

Lack of seat belt use, impaired driving, distracted driving, and other areas that impact safety are also part of the focus of RRSAW. For more information, go to the National Center for Rural Road Safety website at

A copy of that proclamation can be found here.

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