Highway Patrol: Summer brings more traffic fatalities

9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Monday, July 23 2018 Jul 23, 2018 Monday, July 23, 2018 2:35:00 PM CDT July 23, 2018 in News
By: Alayna Chapie, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - There have been ten deaths due to vehicle crashes in July, a month known for a high fatality rate, in mid-Missouri  

A Missouri State Highway Patrol sergeant said increased travel across the state during the summer is one of the main reasons. 

"People are taking advantage of the outdoor recreation opportunities that we have," Sgt. Eric Brown said. "An increase in sporting events that people are involved in, such as soccer and baseball where they are travelling to different events across the state."

A breakdown of deaths for the month of July over the last ten years: 

  • Sixteen in 2008
  • Five in 2009
  • Nine in 2010
  • Six in 2011
  • Six in 2012
  • Three in 2013
  • Ten in 2014
  • Eight in 2015
  • Nine in 2016
  • Five in 2017
  • Ten in 2018

Brown said, when more people make better decisions when they drive, there will be a decrease in fatal traffic crashes. 

"Pay attention to the job of driving, obey all the traffic laws and make good sound decisions when you drive," he said. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the most important thing a driver can do is wear a seat belt.

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