December 18, 2008

Highway Patrol Crash Investigations Nearly Double in Scotland County

Entering the final month of 2008, the number of traffic accidents investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol has nearly doubled in Scotland County.

According to the November traffic accident statistics released by Sergeant Brent Bernhardt, Troop B public relations officer, troopers have investigated 42 crashes in Scotland County in 2008, up from just 22 investigations a year ago.

November was particularly treacherous on local roads as a combination of fog and icy conditions led to seven traffic crashes in Scotland County, including a double-fatality. In 2007 there was just one traffic fatality in Scotland County.

Overall, the 15-county Troop B region has seen a roughly 5% percent increase troop-wide in the number of traffic accident investigations by the Highway Patrol. So far in 2008, troopers have worked 1,490 accidents, compared to 1,428 last year through November.

The region witnessed a slight decline in November, with 140 traffic crash investigations in Troop B during the month. Last November the Patrol worked 145 accidents.

Macon County was the most dangerous spot in November, with 19 crash investigations. While Randolph County has seen a decline in 2008 (24 fewer investigations), it still leads Troop B with 191 crash investigations this year. Macon and Marion County are next on the list with 166 investigations each followed by Ralls County with 164.

Scotland Countyís increased total still ranks as the second lowest in Troop B, ahead of only Knox County with 29 accident investigations. Schuyler County has the third lowest total with 50 investigations, tied with Putnam County. Troopers have worked 61 accident scenes in Clark County in 2008.

November was a deadly month on Troop B roads, with seven fatalities recorded, up from just three the previous year. However, the totals are down overall in 2008, when 27 crash fatalities have been recorded, compared to 35 last year.

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