The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Troop I, which covers Phelps and five other counties in south central Missouri, reported one traffic fatality last month.
This is eight fewer than Troop I officers investigated in July 2012.
The total number of fatalities investigated by Troop I officers in 2013 is 11, compared to 27 for the same time period last year.
In Phelps County, troopers investigated 42 crashes with 20 injuries and no fatalities last month.
A breakdown of traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities reported in the five other counties in the Troop I area in July 2013 is as follows:
Crawford — 29 crashes, 25 injured;
Dent — 10 crashes, nine injured;
Laclede — 32 crashes, 19 injured;
Maries — seven crashes, one injured;
Pulaski — 36 crashes, 22 injured, one fatality.
That is a total of 156 crashes and 96 injured in the Troop I area for July 2013 compared to 209 crashes and 105 injured in July 2012.
Capt. Lee Ann H. Kenley, commanding officer of Troop I, reminds motorists to use extra caution now that schools are back in session.
Drivers should allow extra time as they approach and travel through a school zone or when behind school buses. Motorists also need to obey the stop arms and lights on buses and be especially careful to watch for children crossing highways and roads, Kenley said.
Drivers and passengers should always wear their seat belts and parents need to remember that it is their responsibility to ensure that all children in their vehicle are properly secured.