Early Stats Show Increase in Traffic Deaths
LANDLINEMAG: Traffic deaths increased in many states last year, according to preliminary traffic fatality data for 2015.
More than 850 people were killed on Missouri roads in 2015, an 11.4 percent increase from the previous year, according to a Missouri Department of Transportation news release. Last year’s traffic fatalities were the most since 2009.
Nearly two-thirds of those killed were not wearing seat belts. Half of those killed without a seat belt were ejected from the vehicle. Speeding, driver inattention and impaired driving were the leading causes of traffic deaths, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.