Traffic Fatalities Increase for Region, State

‘Tis the season to use extreme caution on the roadways, with holiday traffic, potentially adverse weather conditions, and an unfortunate increase in traffic fatalities.

Regional and statewide traffic fatalities have increased slightly in 2012. State traffic fatalities are up nearly six percent through November 2012, as compared to November 2011 fatality numbers. Regional fatalities are up at least one percent.

According to Lt. John Davis with the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the number of fatality and serious injury crashes increased steadily through 2004.

From 2005 through 2011,  fatalities on Missouri roadways declined steadily. Numbers through November 2012 may indicate an overall yearly increase, depending on the number of holiday season accidents.

Motorists will spend more time on roadways during November and December, and are urged to drive with caution, obey posted speed limits, avoid driving impaired or distracted, and buckle up.

Statewide Fatality Totals as Reported on the Missouri State Highway Patrol Website as of Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012:

2012 Year to date fatalities – 740
2011 Totals as of 11/21/2011 – 700

5.5% increase for the year

2011 Year End Total = 786
2010 Year End Total = 821
2009 Year End Total = 878
2008 Year End Total = 960
2007 Year End Total = 992
2006 Year End Total = 1,096
2005 Year End Total = 1,257

Southeast Region Fatality Totals as of Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012:

2012 Year to date fatalities – 117

2011 Totals as of 11/17/2011 – 116

1% increase for the year