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October 28, 2008 12:00 AM
Missouri Saving Lives - New Goal Announced for Traffic Fatality Reductions

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri safety advocates are ready to make history.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety announced its new Blueprint to Arrive Alive today in Kansas City. By 2012, the coalition's goal is to reduce traffic crash fatalities to 850 or less. The last time Missouri recorded less than 850 fatalities was 1949.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is a partnership of safety advocates who have banded together to attack the problem of traffic crashes and deaths. In 2007, the coalition met an ambitious goal one year early with traffic fatalities falling to less than 1,000, at 992. Reaching the next goal begins with the new Blueprint to Arrive Alive that includes 10 targeted measures to put the state on track to save more lives.

"We see the results of our work with every life saved on Missouri roads, and it's time to take the next step," said Pete Rahn, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation. "Strong partnerships between those in engineering, law enforcement and education will ensure more of our neighbors arrive alive."

"The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been saving lives on Missouri highways for more than 77 years," said Colonel James F. Keathley, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. "We are committed to working with our traffic safety partners through the new Blueprint to further reduce the number of traffic deaths in our state."            

The 10 measures include continued improvement in engineering, law enforcement and public education. One of the top areas of focus will continue to be safety belts, shown to be a motorist's single best defense in any traffic crash.

 "Safety belts are continually proven to save lives, but there are still people who choose not to buckle up.  Their decision hurts themselves, their family and the entire community," said Leanna Depue, chair of the coalition's executive committee.  "The simple, smart choice to click a safety belt can literally be the choice between life and death."

A recent 2008 survey shows that 76 percent of Missourians are buckling up. The state's rate has been at a plateau since 2004 and remains consistently below the national average of 83 percent.

The most effective way to raise safety belt use in Missouri is considered to be the passage of a Primary Safety Belt law. The coalition continues to work toward the passage of this law, which would save an additional 90 lives each year.

Missouri Seat Belt Use (percent)

1998

60.4

1999

60.8

2000

67.7

2001

67.9

2002

69.4

2003

72.9

2004

75.9

2005

77.4

2006

75.2

2007

77.1

2008

75.8

 

Missouri Seat Belt Use by Vehicle Type (percent)

 

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Car

74.7

79.5

79

80.7

80.9

Van

75.6

82.5

80.9

84

83.7

SUV

75.3

82.3

81.6

83.2

82.9

Truck

54.9

66

65.5

65.7

63.4

 

 
For more information, visit http://www.savemolives.com/. Buckle Up to Arrive Alive.
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