Department of Transportation
Traffic and Highway
Not since 1950 has Missouri seen so few people killed in highway crashes. For the fifth year in a
row, Missouri has reduced its highway fatalities. In 2013, 757 people were killed in traffic crashes –
reducing by 500 since 2005.
Overall, since 2005, traffic deaths decreased 40 percent, due to the combined efforts of highway
safety advocates in the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. The coalition credits a
combination of law enforcement, educational efforts, emergency medical services and engineering
enhancements as the successful formula for saving lives.
Department of Transportation is committed to reducing the number
of injuries and deaths on Missouri roadways. As part of the Missouri
Coalition for Roadway Safety, the department supports Missouri's
Blueprint for Safer Roadways - a comprehensive guide for
reducing fatal and serious injuries on our roadways.
research indicates that people play a significant part in contributing
to motor vehicle crashes. In fact, a study concluded that human
factors were definite or probable causes in about 93 percent of
crashes, while environmental and vehicle factors contributed to
about 33 and 13 percent, respectively. Please do your part to
help prevent traffic crashes.