In spite of the high number of fatalities over the Fourth of July 2013 holiday, the year-to-date statewide statistics are lower than last year.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol noted that 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," said Col. Ron Replogle, superintendent of the MSHP. “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. I want to thank the public for helping to make this year safer than last year."
The patrol urges motorists to continue to do their part to keep the numbers of traffic fatalities down. Motorists should be courteous drivers and when in doubt, yield the right-of-way. Drivers also 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 cellphone.