So far, 26 people have died in Central Missouri using Missouri's highways, and roads. Last year, 35 people had lost their lives in the Central Region.
Are the numbers going up or down?
It is 9 fewer than last year at this time. This is a 26% reduction when compared to last year.
How do we compare with the rest of the state?
The Coalition has 10 regions. Central Region has the second highest number of fatalities at 26. Only the St. Louis region has had more people killed.
Were they wearing their safety belts?
6 out of the 10 fatalities were not wearing a safety belt. Last year, it was closer to 8 out 10.
What is the deadliest day of the week?
It is a tie between Saturday and Wednesday at 5 each.
What about young drivers and passengers?
Multiple fatalities crashes?
All of the crashes this year have only had a single fatality. Last year, we had 4 crashes with multiple deaths. Most of these had 2 fatalities, but we had one with 3 fatalities.
This was followed by State Lettered routes and then by Missouri Numbered routes.
Last year, U.S. Numbered highways had the least number of deaths.
Last year, I was pulling for Gasconade to be the county without a fatality, but that didn't happen.
This year, Morgan and Moniteau counties are in the running with zero fatalities so far. Something to watch as the year continues.
Our biggest concern is Pettis county which is experiencing a large increase this year. They have had 6 fatalities to date. Last year, they only had 1.
Benton, Cole, Gasconade, and Maries are counties who are experiencing a higher number of fatalities over last year.
This also means that our biggest counties are seeing a decrease. These are Boone, Callaway, Camden, and Miller.
What is Matt's View?
It is encouraging to know that we are seeing a large reduction so far this year. We even have a few counties that could have zero fatalities.
But, there is still work to be done. Out of the 10 regions, the Central Region usually has enough fatalities to be the second or third worst region in the state.
We need to keep reminding ourselves and others to emphasize and practices what works:
Wear a safety belt, drive sober, leave cell phone down, and stay attentive.