Traffic Fatalities Up in 2014; Troopers Encourage Safe Driving

Published 05/13 2014 11:27AM

Updated 05/13 2014 09:50PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) State troopers want to send a message about highway safety after a rough start to 2014.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has seen a nine percent increase in fatalities this year. The news follows several years of fewer fatal crashes on Missouri's highways.

According to the Highway Patrol, more than1,200 died in traffic crashes in 2006. That number fell to 757 in 2013. So far this year, 231 have died in traffic crashes. That's up from 213 at this time last year.

State troopers are urging drivers to pay attention and make smart decisions. The patrol's campaign "The Drive to ZERO Highway Deaths" encourages everyone to wear seat belts and follow traffic laws.

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