In spite of the high number of fatalities over the deadly July Fourth holiday, the 2013 year-to-date statewide statistics are lower than last year. The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced Missouri has experienced a 16 percent decrease in fatalities this year compared to 2012.
“I am very pleased with the reduction of fatal traffic crashes in Missouri this year," stated Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “Every trooper is committed to working with other agencies to further reduce the number of traffic deaths in our state. We believe education and enforcement encourage safe driving, which results in fewer traffic fatalities."
The Missouri State Highway Patrol urges motorists to continue to do their part to keep the numbers moving in the right direction. Motorists should be courteous drivers. When in doubt, yield the right-of-way. Drivers should stay alert, obey all traffic laws, make sure everyone in the vehicle uses a seat belt, and never drink and drive. Missourians can help further make the roads safe by reporting dangerous drivers to the Patrol’s Emergency Report Line at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone.
The Patrol encourages motorists and watercraft operators to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint and everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket.