January 20, 2005

Highway Patrol Report Reveals Safer Year On Local Roads

Scotland County roads were safer in 2004, quite a bit safer according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol accident statistics released January 14th.

The December traffic crash investigations report tallied just two motor vehicle crashes in the county that were investigated by troopers. That brought the year-end total to 42 crashes in Scotland County. That was a 25percent decrease from 2003 when the region witnessed 55 motor vehicle crashes.

There were no fatalities on Scotland County roads and just 23 crash-related injuries.

Scotland County had the lowest accident and injury totals among all 16 counties in the Patrolís Troop B.

Randolph County had the dubious honors of the highest crash totals for the second straight year, despite declining from 281 crashes in 2003 to 275 this year. Macon County recorded the most injuries with 131 in 218 total accidents. Marion County recorded six fatalities in 2004, while Macon County had five deaths and Adair County had four.

Overall there were 2,033 motor vehicle crashes in Troop B, resulting in 1,084 injuries and 34 fatalities. There were 49 deaths on Troop B roads in 2003

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