Less Traffic Related Deaths Reported Last Year in Missouri

The number of deadly crashes in Missouri has decreased for the third year in a row. Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say there were five percent fewer fatality crashes. A recent crash report that was filed reveals 876 lives were lost in Missouri crashes during the last calendar year. In 2018 there were a total of 921 crashes on state roadways. Missouri Department of Transportation officials say the reduction in lives lost is positive, but the goal is to prevent traffic deaths. Evan though there was a decrease in traffic related deaths there was a rise in number of deaths involving pedestrians and motorcyclists. There were 118 bikers who died during the last calendar year, which is a 10% increase from the previous year. The number of pedestrians who were killed was the highest it has been in over a decade. The total number of pedestrian deaths in the state was 108. The greatest reason for deaths on state highways is the lack of seat belt use, driving too fast, impairment and distraction.

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