Rate of Deadly Traffic Accidents Drop in Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol said there were 10 traffic deaths over the Labor Day weekend. Last year during this same holiday weekend there was also 10 traffic deaths. Although those numbers did not change from 2010 to 2011, state officials say the overall number of deaths on the road has dropped.
Traffic related fatalities are down 8% this year compared to the same time last year and that number has dropped from 40% since 2005.
Public Information Officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Jim Hull says they have programs in place to help cut down on these traffic related deaths. These programs include the 20 Mile Trooper Project which places a highway patrol officer every 20 miles on major highways. Another program used to keep drivers safe is Operation C.A.R.E. The program puts every available officer on the road during a holiday weekend.