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Patrol Announces An Increase In Traffic Fatalities And Drownings So Far In 2015.

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO -

Preliminary statistics indicate that Missouri has recorded 437 traffic fatalities so far in 2015, compared to 412 fatalities during the same time in 2014. This is a six percent increase from the same time last year. Of those required to be restrained, approximately 63 percent were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Inattention, speed, and impaired driving continue to be the leading causes of traffic crashes in Missouri. The Patrol is committed to continuing our enforcement and educational efforts to reduce these numbers. Motorists are asked to do their part by paying attention to the full-time job of driving, obeying the speed limit and never driving impaired. Remember the best defense against all types of unsafe drivers is to make sure that everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint.

A total of 30 drownings have occurred on Missouri’s lakes and rivers so far in 2015, compared to 29 in all of 2014. There have been four drownings in the last five days and one near drowning. None of the victims were wearing life jackets. Flood waters have proven to be very dangerous this year to motorists as well as those in and around Missouri’s lakes and streams. Motorists should never drive through fast-moving water; even a small amount of fast-moving water can sweep a slow-moving vehicle off the roadway. If your vehicle becomes stuck in rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground. Flooded rivers and streams with strong current present some of the most dangerous situations a boater can encounter. Fast moving water can easily capsize a boat, especially when combined with floating debris or fixed objects such as trees. Boaters should take the time to research existing water conditions which could potentially be hazardous. As temperatures rise, more people will utilize our waterways to cool off. Be smart, don’t overestimate your swimming ability. Life jackets should be worn when in or around Missouri’s waterways, and if not worn, within reach. 

Approximately 63 percent of Missouri fatal crash victims who are required to be restrained are NOT at the time of the traffic crash. The Patrol urges motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Join us in supporting the Drive To Zero Highway Deaths. Watercraft operators should ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life And Wear It!!!

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