- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)6
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
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.