- Police: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot after standoff in south Cape (1/14/18)3
- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)1
- Cape lands new summer-league baseball team; Capaha Field to see major upgrades (1/20/18)8
- Man sentenced to life for killing mother, burning her body; mouth taped shut at hearing (1/20/18)
- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Young author gave up TV at age 7 to pursue writing, and has recently finished his third novel (1/20/18)
- Redhawk Food Pantry helping Southeast students, employees who need assistance with food, supplies (1/19/18)2
- Cinderella shines in debut at Bedell (1/20/18)
- 3 mayor candidates in Scott City; former mayor Porch files for council seat (1/18/18)
- Chronic wasting disease found in 2 Southeast Missouri deer; whether disease transferable to humans unknown (1/18/18)
Three years ago, Missouri officials vowed to make roads safer. A highway safety coalition set a goal to reduce the number of traffic fatalities to 1,000 by the end of 2008. By the end of 2007, the state had met that goal.
The Missouri Department of Transportation installed cable barriers in grass medians along interstates to prevent vehicles from crossing into oncoming traffics. It has also installed rumble strips along the sides of our roads to alert drivers who veer too far. MoDOT has also tried to make visibility better by clearing out roadside trees.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has focused its efforts on dangerous areas. More patrols have been assigned to those areas to keep traffic moving at the speed limit.
In 2005, the year after the safety plans went into effect, Missouri traffic fatalities peaked at 1,257. There were 1,096 traffic deaths in 2006, and 966 in 2007.