Traffic Fatalities Increase Nearly 20 Percent

5 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, June 26 2012 Jun 26, 2012 Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10:06:00 AM CDT June 26, 2012 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says traffic fatalities are up nearly 20 percent from last year, the first increase after six years of decline.

The state recorded 375 traffic fatalities this year, compared with 313 in 2011.

The patrol says swerving over the center line or off the road is a common theme in most of the accidents.

The highest increases in fatalities were in the southern and central Missouri. Troop D, which includes Springfield and Joplin, reported a 59 percent increase from last year.

The Kansas City Star reports that Troop C, which includes St. Louis, and Troop H, which includes St. Joseph, both had small declines in traffic fatalities

Col. Ron Replogle says over two-thirds of the occupants in the accidents were not wearing seat belts.

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