Although Missouri has experienced a decrease in fatalities over that last six years, the first few months of 2012 have proven deadly. When comparing early last year to the same time period this year, Missouri has experienced a considerable increase in traffic crash fatalities.
Traffic crash reports point to some common themes among contributing circumstances. Two-thirds of those fatalities involved people who were not wearing a seat belt. Another commonality is failure to remain in the proper lane, which includes crossing over the center line and running off the right side of the road.
Many of 2012's crashes have involved drivers who drift off the edge of the pavement and then overcorrect. Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that run-off-road crashes result in 50 percent of all traffic fatalities. MSHP reports the trick to protecting your life and the lives of others in these crashes is to remain calm. Don't panic and overcorrect. A firm grip on the wheel, easing off the gas, and staying off the brake are the recommendations. An off-road-recovery video can be viewed here.
Per Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol: "Since January 1 of this year, Missouri has seen an increase in traffic crash fatalities compared to the same period of time last year. Please give your full attention to driving. Drive according to the traffic laws of this state, and remember that seat belts can and do save lives. Please buckle up."