Preliminary, unofficial reports indicate 344 fatalities in 2013. That's down from 405 in 2012.
The previous low was 385 fatalities in 2008 and no more have been reported than 1969's 780 fatalities.
“We are encouraged by this record-setting year, but that is no consolation for the family and friends of the 344 persons lost in traffic crashes,” Steven Buckley, KDOT safety engineer said.
“The challenge to engineers, law enforcement, emergency responders, advocates, and especially drivers for 2014 is to continue the downward trend.”
KDOT started keeping fatality records in 1947.