July 18, 2002

Scotland County Traffic Accident Numbers Up In First Half Of Year

Scotland County is part of an alarming trend in traffic crash numbers as reported by Troop B of the Missouri State Highway Patrol for the first half of 2002. The month of June saw a more than 300 percent increase in the number of accidents investigated by the Patrol in Scotland County compared to 2001 totals for the same month.

That increase helped boost the county's totals for 2002 to 27 motor vehicle crashes, compared to just 20 wrecks investigated by troopers during the same time span last year.

The local increase mirrors a similar trend for the entire 16-county Troop B coverage area. This year totals have increased by more than 100 accidents from 941 in the first half of 2001 to 1,042 crashes through June in 2002.

Despite the increase Scotland County still stands second only to Knox County (22 accidents in 2002) for the lowest number of crash investigations handled by the patrol.

Randolph County ranks #1 with 142 motor vehicle accidents this year. Marion County is second with 122 followed by Macon County with 121 and Ralls County with 102.

Putnam County has the third lowest total with 28 with Schuyler County holding the next lowest total with 29 accident investigations.

Scotland County reported six persons injured in crashes during June, bringing the yearly total to 19. Overall Troop B saw 110 persons injured in June making the 2002 totals 558.

Fatalities were up in June with six deaths caused by vehicle crashes compared to four last year during June. Overall the regional total is down from 24 fatalities in 2001 to 15 in 2002.

Editors Note: Only injury-related accident reports are made available by the Missouri State Highway Patrol to the press via their website. If the accident does not involve an injury, the report is not posted for press release.

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