|Pictured above are the individuals present for the Shelby County presentation. Shelby County has actually had zero fatalities the last three years.
In 2014, there were no fatalities on the roads in Scotland, Schuyler, Knox and Shelby Counties in the Northeast region.
“We took this as an opportunity to recognize each county and the partners of the Coalition for their efforts and help bring awareness that they are making a difference in lives of those who travel Missouri roads,” said Marisa Ellison, Facilitator for the Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety.
Safety partners, including Sgt. Brent Bernhardt with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, made a brief presentation to the commissioners in each county.
Other partners include the area health departments, hospitals, schools and sheriff’s department. The commissioners were also presented with a poster to display in the courthouse, along with some Coke Zero and Zero candy bars to symbolize zero fatalities.
“We have so many individuals in theses counties working together on the effort of reducing fatalities,” said Ellison. “This effort is enhanced by the motorists that make the decision to put on their seat belts every time they get in the vehicle,” she added.
While “zero” is a good thing to celebrate in this case, the Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety and its partners recognize there are many counties throughout northeast Missouri who weren't as fortunate.
“While we had four counties in northeast Missouri who had zero road fatalities in 2014, our goal is to have zero fatalities on all roads not only in our area, but throughout the state,” explained Ellison.
Since the formation of the statewide Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, Missouri fatalities have been reduced to nearly half.
“We started in 2006 with more than 1200 and we’re down to below 750, which isn’t enough,” Ellison stated. “We need to continue to work toward zero, and we appreciate all those who take safe driving seriously,” she added.