The Missouri Department of Transportation is reporting a slight increase in traffic fatalities for the year 2012, that’s expected to be about a 3 % increase from last year.
The slight increase in Missouri’s traffic fatalities comes after six years of decreases. Numbers reported fell from more than a thousand in the year 2006, to 786 last year. This year, MoDOT reports 806 fatalities so far on Missouri highways. Bill Whitfield is with MoDOT’s highway safety program. He says even a slight increase like this year’s 3% is a concern.