Missouri Roads Ranked Safer

Missouri Roads Ranked Safer
By: Wes Wallace

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Whether your realize it or not, Missouri roads are getting safer.   That's according to statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board released this week.
From 2005 to 2006, Missouri had a 120 fewer fatalities.  That's the largest drop out of all 50 states.
"It's good news, really good to hear, " said Zach Winchester. "Although I think most driver's are crazy, especially the ones that pull out in front of you."
The effort to make Missouri roads safer started back in 2004.  The four point initiative includes Engineering, Education, Emergency Response, and Enforcement. 
Jay Lancaster, a MODOT spokesperson, tells Heartland News the southeastern district took a proactive approach.  That means more signage, increases in public awareness campaigns, additional money spent for patrols and checkpoints, as well as training with local hospitals and emergency responders.
Southeast Missouri numbers were down in the last year, similar to the statewide decrease.