December 18, 2003

Patrol Reports Local Accident Numbers Up In November

November was a bad month for Scotland County residents, unless they own auto body shops. The Missouri Highway Patrol reported a dramatic increase in the number of traffic accidents investigated by troopers in the county.

During the month of November the Highway Patrol investigated 13 motor-vehicle crashes in the county. That is more than double the number of accidents that occurred during the same time period last year.

The 13 crashes resulted in three injuries but no fatalities. Zero deaths have been recorded on Scotland County roads in 2003.

The big monthly increase sent the statistics beyond the overall mark for the year as well, with 53 accidents reported this year compared to just 46 in the first 11 months of 2002.

Despite the hike, Scotland County still retains the lowest crash totals for all 16 counties in Troop B of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. However the gap narrowed, as Schuyler County is a close second with 53 crashes. Randolph County has the dubious honor of leading the region with 265 traffic accidents thus far this year.

There were four fatalities in November in Troop B, bringing the 2003 totals to 45 deaths caused by crashes.

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