2015 Ends With Highest Fatalities in Three Years

The year 2015 ended with an 11.4 percent increase in fatalities on Missouri roads.

After two years of lower numbers, the fatalities in Missouri for 2015 were over 800 for the first time since 2012. As of Dec. 31, 853 lives were reported lost in 2015 Missouri traffic crashes. Sixty-three percent of the drivers and passengers killed were not wearing seat belts, and fifty percent of those not belted were also ejected from the vehicle. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the leading causes of fatal crashes continue to be speeding, driver inattention and impaired driving. A couple of new trends emerged for 2015 including increases in improper lane use and substance-impaired driving. Those crash trends are showing a 100 percent increase in expressway intersection fatalities and an 82 percent increase in overturning vehicle fatalities when compared to 2014.