Traffic Deaths Decline
JEFFERSON CITY - Numbers out Thursday show Missouri roads are getting safer. But the Show-Me State's drop in traffic fatalities is not as good as the national average. State officials say the economy of all things might be helping drop deaths on the roads.
The feds say 878 people died on Missouri roads last year.That's nearly a 9 percent drop from a year earlier.
"Certainly, you'd have to say the economy has something to do with that, less miles being traveled. And one of the most important things I think is we have to give the individual driver credit," highway patrol spokesman Lt. John Hotz said.
The state's transportation department says we're on pace for another 10 percent drop this year.
"I have 100 percent confidence that the decrease in fatalities had everything to do with the traffic improvement we put in place across the state of Missouri."
But Missouri's drop lagged behind the national average. With a bad sign coming over the Labor Day weekend.
Hotz says seven people died on the state's roads over the holiday weekend.
Alcohol-related deaths also dropping, here in Missouri and nationwide.